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Nothing fancy, just written as part of a speech I gave for Woman's Day 2015

You are more than your skin –
Hiding in shadows
Beaten down by a world
Driven by men whose 
Prowess you threaten

You are more than your painted lips –
On a journey without a map
A quest with no magic wand
Instruction manual not included
Destination unknown

You are more than your ruffled skirts –
Trying in vain to please the masses
Pouting at camera lenses
Swaying your hips seductively 
In your endless pursuit to be adored

I celebrate you, my sister –
For your endurance
As you fight for survival
Through trials that ever
Puts your patience to the test

I honor you, my sister – 
For winning wars
Using only the weapons 
God has given you—
Courage, dignity and wisdom

You are more than your skin
You are more than your painted lips
You are more than your ruffled skirt

You are the lesson of humility
You are the hope for all tomorrows
You are the rock on which burdens rest

You are woman!
You are unending
You have only just begun

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