International Women’s Day… Great!
But thanks, but no thanks, to including me in long taglists 🙄
Overwhelming notifications overload 🤯
Finding out about blocks I didn’t know about 🤦
Muting notifications 🙈
Sorry, not sorry 🤷
This is self-care 😇
On this International Women’s Day, I was blown away by this amazing poem by Ludmila Praslova
Image description: Smartly-dressed woman in black with umbrella and briefcase walking alone.
Aww, little girls are celebrated,
But – only cuteness is highly rated.
Mirror, am I unincludable?
School might reward great learning speed –
But nerdy girls are a bully feed.
I might just be unincludable.
Good students are welcomed in Higher Ed!
But not if your clothes are second-hand,
The poor are unincludable.
At work, I prevented a major loss
But “a girl can’t be smarter than her boss.”
So yeah, I remain unincludable.
This program supports top performers, hurray!
But not if “your name is too hard to say.”
Again, I remain unincludable.
Oh wow, your work is amazingly great!
But – “single women don’t need to be paid.”
Yep, I remain unincludable.
“Too weird, too nerdy – but too artistic,
Can grown women be autistic?”
I no longer accept “unincludable.”
Stuck in a checkbox, no human can thrive
I want to free our talents and drive
No human should be unincludable.
By Ludmila Praslova, Ph.D.
Also don’t assume people identify as a woman. Take the trouble to find out.
Gender identity information is usually in the person’s bio or description, not in their underpants.