Nevertheless, She Persisted

In times of utter doubt and disappointment, lean on these words for encouragement:

Rupi Kaur on self love, perseverance, and resilience,

our backs
tell stories
no books have
the spine to

women of colour


the world
gives you so much pain
and here you are
making gold out of it

– there is nothing purer than that


we all move forward when
we recognize how resilient
and striking the women
around us are

from Milk and Honey.

Nayyirah Waheed on acceptance and freedom,

i have always been the woman of my dreams.


might make them angry
it will make you free.

– if no one has ever told you,
your freedom is
more important than their anger.

from salt.

Alice Walker on non conformity,

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.

from Nobody’s Darling.

Mitsuye Yamada on creative expression and survival,

They mean to neutralize me but
poetry keeps me alive.

from Neutralize.


Keep these poems near in times of uncertainty. Even when women are wrongfully silenced or face hardships and discrimination, we build, we grow, we create, we resist and we persist.



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