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Because I’m a Girl, I Must Study

A father asks his daughter:
Study? Why should you study?
I have sons aplenty who can study
Girl, why should you study?

The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.

Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must study
To find inspiration, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To fight men’s violence, I must study
To end my silence, I must study
To challenge patriarchy I must study
To demolish all hierarchy, I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To mould a faith I can trust, I must study
To make laws that are just, I must study
To sweep centuries of dust, I must study
To challenge what I must, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To know right from wrong, I must study.
To find a voice that is strong, I must study
To make a world where girls belong, I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.

By: Kamla Bhasin

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2 thoughts on “Because I’m a Girl, I Must Study

  1. Thank you, but to be honest, it’s not mine. It’s Kamla Bhasin’s.
    I think that this poem is great and had a deep meaning inside too.
    Hope your daughters can grow up into a great women in the future ^^

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