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Earn Your Stripes

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Since ages, you haven't had a voice
It is now time to scream out loud
Dig your own path with those nails
Make your way through this chauvinistic crowd

Walk with your head held high
Wear what you want, let them stare
They aren't used to seeing you this way
Change that, come on, dare

Push yourself, work harder
With no doubts claim that extra penny
No one will praise you for this
To point fingers, there will be many

Ignore them and march ahead
Make independence your super power
Groom yourself to be your own knight
Among the males, make sure you tower

At work, make your voice heard
Fight, fight, till you succeed
Make your way to the top
For women everywhere, sow the seed

As a homemaker, do your bit
Contributing to the home should be your aim
Nourish your passion and give it life
Even if small, have something with your name

Don't ask a man for your wants
Let go off that materialistic greed
Do something for yourself
Make sure you can afford what you need

Plan better and push yourself
The fire within, show everyone
Bid goodbye to procrastination
Do not rest until you're done

Never feel weak, not for a second
You are no less than a man
Strengthen your body, mind and soul
You can do it only if you know you can

We need to stand up for each other
For the working women and the housewives
Shout, scream, fight or bleed
Come on woman, earn your stripes


  1. I see a whole army of women reading this and rushing to wear their capes and flying out to conquer the world, the wonderwomen!

    Hugs! Love your voice!

    1. Never knew Lions have stripes!

    2. Thank you so much, Vidya! Every woman should recognize the wonderwoman inside her.

  2. What a fantastic one, Soumya. Loved it!
    You do such wonders with poetry and I am always so amazed by how talented you are :) Each and every word of that, I wish every woman can read and follow.

    1. Awww Parul, you just made my day with this comment :)

      Thank you so much.

  3. Inspiring words, Soumya. While I have no head for poetry, your simple words make a lot of sense to. All women get up and do what you need to do.

    1. Thank you, Rachna. Women need to stand up for themselves and for others.

  4. I love words more than emoticons, but a writing like these surely do need GIF or emoticon saying, "You Go Girl". Amazing, I can see myself living some part of what you have written each day.

    1. Thank you so much, Poonam. We all need to strive for the best and stand up for other women too.

  5. Yes, be your own Knight... Your words pack a punch my dear 👊 loved how you included working and homemakers alike 😊

    1. Well, some homemakers need the credit :)

      Thank you so much, Raj.

  6. Sometimes Sowmya,we women seldom get an opportunity to earn our stripes.. its all about fighting for our stripes... And as you asay, it is the fire within thats going to help us, get the stripes we deserve and are entitled to

  7. Positive & empowering. Women need to take charge of their life.
    Agree with you, Soumya.

    1. Thank you, Anita. Nice to see you here after so long.

  8. Brilliantly expressed. All the working women and the homemakers should hold each others' backs instead of pointing fingers at each other and creating fragments in their own clan.

    1. Oh yes. Women need to learn to stop pointing fingers at each other and support and empower each other instead.

  9. It's so beautiful, Soumya. Sacrificing my career was the most difficult decision that I had to take in my life. And with that, I know that I have lost a part of me. Your words "Nourish your passion, however small it maybe" gives hope to women like me! Absolutely loved it! Keep writing :)

    1. Oh I can understand how hard it must have been for you, I can't even think of doing something like that. But to see you focus on your passions and excel at what you are now doing is so inspiring and awe-inducing. More power to you, Shalini.

  10. Yay! I love you more than ever for a reason now. 😘 Is your favorite brand, Nike? I feel so, "Just do it!" are the ideal words for you. Women everywhere, just read this as your daily motivation .

    1. Hahaha, it is one of my favorite brands, yes :D

      Thank you so much for all your kind words, Jay. <3


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