No Heroines

Skinny girls in skinny skirts
Pouting for the camera
Showing off size zero figures
With not a word to say

Hard-working mums in sensible shoes
Hiding behind big bags
Juggling family and job
Ever reduced to the sidelines

Celebrities with big boobs
Posing for their audience
Spouting gibberish
Splattered on today’s news

Clever lawyers and doctors
Doing their jobs every day
Saving lives, putting away criminals
Supporting actors not lead roles

Politicians shaking their locks
Mouthing approved policies
In businesslike suits
Mostly unheard by the masses

Where are the heroines
       Showing girls of today
       To aim for the sky
       And take no less
       Than all that could be theirs

Where are the role models
       Showing the girls of tomorrow
       That their bodies are theirs
       That make-up doesn’t make the woman
       And size zero is just nothing at all

Where are the leaders
       Showing our daughters
       To be whoever they want to be
       To hold on to their dreams
       And to never ever let go


© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

No Heroines

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Sometimes I despair. All the gains women seem to have made in the last 100 years seem to run through our fingers again….


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