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I have parents who go through oppression . . .

R, age 13 – Migrant Leaders Club

I have parents who go through oppression.  My mother is an extremely intelligent woman who is oppressed to both take care of the house and work because she is a “woman.”  She wants to be educated, but is neglected by the ghost of words that tell her she can’t.  My father is a man who lives in the past, a place in which girls are slaves of men, and men of society.  No matter what we say it’s hard to change.  But we have a chance.  I am a girl who knows she is capable . . .


Written in response to a prompt asking the youth to write about a future in which life has somehow changed.  The students had been discussing a scene from Alan Haehnel's play, "The Long View."

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