Raye Ebensteiner: Writing

“In a Man’s World”

Seated desks and fluorescent lights

Executive meetings and jury duties

Dark alleys in the night

Girls don’t have cooties.

Wage gap, endearing names, doing favors

Cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, keeping him satisfied

She and he, hands raise.

The father calls on him,

For the stronger, bolder, shrewder

Are he, she is only but a tool in his box

A woman does his work for less,

A fighter she is, an encourager he sees her

To all women:

Take the wheel,

Ask for the promotion,

Do not back down,

Surprise them,

Scare them,

And when you accomplish all of that,

tell him to watch the kids because you have bills to pay.


About Emma Melling

Emma is a senior staff writer and editor-in-chief of the Talon. She is passionate about journalism, writing, literature, and French. Emma plans to attend Bethel University in the fall and double major in English and Journalism. She enjoys writing features on arts and human interest topics and loves listening to people's stories. Her hobbies include reading, hiking and spending time with family.

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