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Thank You for Your Existence

This poem is dedicated to all feminine identities within the world.


One sunny afternoon, I was in a circle full of young women, with similar interests.

Normally, when I am around women, in general,

I usually have a great time, along with being friendly.

But, as I chill in the soft green grass, I decided to close my eyes and ask myself,

“How often do these ladies get a ‘thank you’ for their existence?”

It took me a while to come to come up with an answer for my question because as a woman,

I do not get enough credit for my existence and along the people that I surround myself with on a

daily basis, and in the past.

Throughout time, women have played a huge role for me,

but why don’t we recognize them for their hard work?

From the moment that mi mama gave life to me

to the mujer mentors that keep me going to achieve my dreams,

I have never heard someone say,

“Thank you for your existence.”

We take some much from a woman and I think it is time to remember those women who have a difference.

To mi mama, thank you.

To my women friends, thank you.

To my women professors, thank you.

To the women that are getting Ph.D’s, thank you.

To my former, current and future women teachers, thank you.

To my mujer mentors, thank you.

To the women who are achieving higher education, thank you.

To the women who are our mothers, aunts and grandmothers, thank you.

To the women who are our sisters, primas and nieces, thank you.

To the women activists that fight til the end, thank you.

To the women that are actors, writers, artists and musicians, thank you.

To the women that are in the sciences, thank you.

To the women that give back to others, thank you.

To first generation college women, thank you.

To the women who are in the LGBTQIA+ community, thank you.

To the women of color, thank you.

To the women who are in some sort of life struggle, whether its emotionally, physically or

financially, stay strong and thank you.

To the women in the workforce, thank you.

To the women that serve our country, thank you.

To the women that are beautiful and confident, thank you.

To the women leaders, you are powerful and thank you.

Finally, to the women that are hearing these words, thank you.


Feminine Night at Central Washington University



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