Do not raise your daughters like sons.
and to be more like a man is not
Raise her like a daughter.
Raise her like a warrior, a goddess;
she will become both.
These are your lessons to teach:
Let her see beauty in more ways than what meets the eye,
tell her she’s more than how appealing men find her.
Serve her politics, and literature, and art, and music,
and see her devour it, every last word, ever last note.
Tell her she doesn’t need to compete with men,
teach her — there was never any competition.
These are your lessons to learn:
Watch her occupy the space the world owes her
for more than just what’s between her legs.
She must learn to love herself before
Watch a revolution take birth in her.
She will bruise her knees and cut her palms
as she dances through the wild.
And the wild doesn’t tame her,
she tames it.
Other daughters will follow her footsteps,
and learn of her strength.
Your blood and bone,
will become so much more.
the daughters of the world will one day become you.
– महिमा कुकरेजा // AGirlOfHerWords
(image from here)