A Woman's Bill of Rights

Orlando Ceaser
Posted March 8, 2019 from United States
A workshop for parents to help their children make better decisions.

The poem is actually empowerment and women want to be treated which I gathered from observations and conversation with many strong women. I wrote it as a series of affirmations woven together to make key points of victory , survival and resolve. The awesome responsibility to raise children, teach them how to make the right decision and keep the family together. 


A Woman’s Bill of Rights

(A personal anthem)

These truths should be self-evident;

Self-explanatory and meant

To state the rules that must be kept;

This code of conduct I accept.


When I say no then all should stop.

I want a clear path to the top.

I have the power to refuse

The people causing me to lose.


If they want to dance and I do not;

They may run cold, but I run hot;

I’m confident and pick my fights;

Courage is in my Bill of Rights.


I will be treated with respect.

I am impatient with neglect.

I will earn trust and call a truce,

But will not tolerate abuse.


I will read you my Bill of Rights;

With preconditions and insights,

That govern how I will relate

And what I will not tolerate.


Women deserve equality,

Do not use my biology,

To dismiss me with bogus claims,

Just give me access to the game.


Equal work should get equal pay

And listen to the words I say.

I am willing to pay my dues.

Don’t think for me, just let me choose.


This constitutes my Bill of Rights.

Don’t overpower me with might.

Do not negate my liberty.

Do not erode my dignity.


Decisions and the male ego

Sometimes collide when I say no.

When doing things against my will,

The pressure feels like overkill.


We will embrace our feelings

And hope to replace glass ceilings.

Injustice is a lightning rod.

We will press on against all odds.


Some may try strength to hold me down.

And bully me to make me frown.

They are not heroes in my eyes

And I have learned to improvise.


So, pick on someone your own size

I’ve learned the art of compromise,

But I have rules by which I live;

What I receive and what I give.


Authority to seek my dreams;

Live a life with high self-esteem;

To be pampered as royalty,

Worthy of love and loyalty.


I own my body and my mind.

I’m not a hostage you can bind.

I won’t accept the slurs and slights,

This is a Woman’s Bill of Rights.


Copyright © 2018 Orlando Ceaser




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Corine Milano
Mar 08, 2019
Mar 08, 2019

Thank you for sharing this poem with us today. It is insightful and appreciated!

Mar 08, 2019
Mar 08, 2019

Thank you Orlando for sharing this wonderful insight into what you understand from the many women you have interacted with.

please keep posting. you are a male champion really

Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 08, 2019
Mar 08, 2019

Great poem. Thanks so much Orlando. that's what i want too!

Mar 08, 2019
Mar 08, 2019

Awwwwwww thank you for this beautiful piece!

Emily Miki
Mar 09, 2019
Mar 09, 2019

This is a beautiful poem with a great message in it.

Jill Langhus
Mar 09, 2019
Mar 09, 2019

Hi Orlando,

Thanks for sharing your awesome and powerful poem about equality. We're glad to have you as an advocate in our corner:-) Hope you have a great IWD:-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Mar 09, 2019
Mar 09, 2019

Hello, brother,

Thank you for honoring women with this poem. What a loving gift on International Women's Day!

Azah Jackline Chey Epse Abai
Mar 15, 2019
Mar 15, 2019

Its an inspiring one, I must confess I share your passion as am a poet and women's advocate as well, Thank you!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Mar 24, 2019
Mar 24, 2019

Hi Orlando,
Thank you for such a lovely poem. This is very insightful indeed and we appreciate it greatly.
Have a lovely day.

Sabdio Roba
Apr 26, 2019
Apr 26, 2019

Hi Orlando,
thanks for this lovely poem. It is so inspiring and encouraging for every woman.

Jacqueline Namutaawe
May 01, 2019
May 01, 2019

Very nice title A Woman's Bill of Rights indeed it is. Great