what makes a woman?
is it her pink dress or sparkly purse?
her six-inch shoes, her glossy lipstick?
her high-pitched voice and plump lips?
is it her cooking skills or demure behavior?
her petite voice, her perfect figure?
her children who look ‘just like her’?
but a woman can wear trousers
carry a briefcase, rock a baritone
but a woman can burn water
speak loudly, not give birth
and a man can wear lipstick, sing soprano
cry till his eyes run out of tears
and a man can cook dinner, wear six-inch shoes
stay and home and show his kids how to draw
what makes you smile
what makes you dance
what mountains you scale
what clothes you wear
what shoes you choose
what words you speak
what joy you bring
it doesn’t matter what gender you are
it’s not about ’empowering women’
it’s about empowering society
so society changes
so we are free
so we are equal
so we are one
Janani Balaji is a 14-year-old student studying in The Bombay International School. She is passionate about writing, art and coding and uses her capabilities in those fields to speak up for what she believes in. She hopes to use her writing as a way to provide more informed perspectives on!evolving situations.