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We Are Queens

100th Story Tribute

By Heather HublerPublished 17 days ago Updated 17 days ago 4 min read
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I'm dedicating my 100th story on Vocal to celebrate and honor not only Women's History Month and all the amazing women that have fought for a woman's place in this world, but ALL women everywhere. You are seen. You are heard. You are worthwhile. You are equal. You are enough.


What defines a woman?

What does it mean to have two X chromosomes,

breasts and the internal organs to bear children?

Is that all we are? Our parts? Our genetic makeup?

History shows, and by history I mean right up

until this moment passing by, that being a woman

means being subjugated. Treated as property.

Told to stay in the home.

Expected to get a job and contribute.

Told how to dress. How not to dress.

How to speak. What level of education we can achieve.

Told we're only worthwhile to be used for sex, for pleasure,

for producing and raising offspring.

Held accountable for others' actions with the inexcusable excuse,

'she was asking for it.'

Forced to suffer alone in silence when those

postpartum blues hit so hard. Isolated in motherhood.

Pitied for not being able to have children.

Judged for not wanting a family.

Shamed for having a pregnancy outside of marriage

when it takes two to tango.

Stoned for adultery.

Sold into marriage. Stolen into bondage.

Told it's not a woman's place–

women shouldn't read, vote, have thoughts, speak up,

wish for more, have equal wages, own land,

manage their own money, keep their own last name,

be granted physical autonomy.

We're revered for our bodies. Hated for our bodies.

Have our beauty defined, our fashion decided.

We're turned against one another for the sake of attention,

to fit in, because of stupid jealousies and insecurities,

self-doubt, the color of our skin, the shape of our bodies,

the look of our hair, our complexion.

We are half the damn population of this world we call home,

and yet, and yet,

and yet. We are not seen as equal.

But we are overcomers.

We rise up with dignity.

It may be in silent solidarity. It may go unnoticeable.

It may be in a blaze of might and glory.

It may be in the middle of the night when we choose

to keep going, to see another dawn.

But no matter what, we are here.

We are amazing.

We are worth more than the world has given us.

More than what we're told we can be.

More than religions and institutions that tell us we're less.

We are deserving of the freedoms that have been taken away.

We are mothers. We are soldiers. We are counselors.

We are princesses, scientists and homemakers,

pilots and teachers, lawmakers, veterinarians,

caregivers, doctors, nurses, secretaries, CEO's,

factory workers, mechanics, cement masons,

fashion models, athletes, authors,

entrepreneurs, and business owners.

We are kind and fierce and brave.

We're dreamers. We're realists. We're protectors.

We're creators.

We get things done even when our souls are tired from

the boxes we find ourselves shoved in.

We deserve to be able to use our voices to speak out

about injustices and wrongs without being told

we're 'too emotional'.

We deserve to say 'no' to unwanted touching,

to use our bodies how we please with no pressure.

'Date rape' shouldn't even be a phrase. No means no!

Our little girls should feel safe from perverted attention.

We should be able to go out alone to shop, to run,

to do whatever without the constant undercurrent

Of being hurt and abused at the backs of our minds

because we're the 'weaker' sex.

We should be free to find love naturally

with a man, with a woman, with both, with none.

We shouldn't be made to feel that we've failed at being

a woman for not marrying, for not having children,

for wanting to have a career,

for wanting to have it all.

Because we are champs at multi-tasking and

we have so much love to give.

We just need a fair chance.

And we shouldn't feel shame in aging,

whether it's graceful or not.

Gray hair, white hair, chin hair, hunched backs,

wrinkled skin...we don't need damn beauty creams.

We need to talk about periods and pap smears,

mammograms and menopause without being

made to feel ashamed of it as if discussing

the realities of being a woman is dirty or unclean.

We deserve to be respected, valued, appreciated.

Viewed as partners in this thing called life.

And we will accept nothing less.

Women of the world–

Lift your heads!

We are queens.


Thank you to all the brave women that have been trailblazers and pushed the boundaries of what women can do. Thank you to all the women who know their worth and help lift up others that can't see their own. Thank you to all the women just getting through another day doing the best they can. Thank you.

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  • SHANMUGA PRIYA C9 days ago

    Your words killed me a lot.awesome thoughts♥️

  • Kristen Balyeat12 days ago

    Heather, what a magnificent 100th piece! Amazing poem! Congrats!

  • V12 days ago

    Hey Heather congratulations on hitting 100 pieces! And what a fantastic way to start the next chapter. Loved this poem.

  • Judey Kalchik13 days ago

    Proud. Outspoken Truth

  • Mary Haynes13 days ago

    Truth! I thought things were changing, but there has been a backslide! Congratulations on Top Story.

  • johncy rani14 days ago

    superb Top Story

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  • Tale14 days ago

    Yes!! Womens are Queens. Outstanding :)

  • Luv it!! I like the history woven through and the proud perspective.

  • Nikki Clam15 days ago

    "We Are Queens" is a powerful and uplifting poem that celebrates the strength and resilience of women. The author's use of vivid imagery and empowering language helps to convey a message of self-love and self-worth. Overall, this poem serves as a reminder that every woman has the power to rise above adversity and shine as a queen in her own right.

  • Call Me Les15 days ago

    Way to go Heather! 💛

  • I love this. What a wonderful and powerful statement! ❤️ Well written and all true. 😊

  • Dana Stewart15 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Tiffany Gordon 15 days ago

    Stellar Work! So Badass! Congrats on your Top Story! 😊

  • Congrats on your Top Story!!! May it reign for weeks to come!

  • steven harrison15 days ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Quincy.v15 days ago

    This powerful and empowering piece celebrates the strength and resilience of women and demands equal treatment and respect for all women.

  • Leslie Writes15 days ago

    Such a powerful piece! Congrats on your 100th story and top story 👏

  • Lori Melton16 days ago

    Brought me to tears, Heather! 🥹 Bravo!

  • Caroline Jane16 days ago

    What a rousing poetic speech!!! Words of liberty born from suffrage. This is powerful stuff Heather. 👏 👏✌️❤

  • Subhi Najar16 days ago

    This is absolutely wonderful!!!

  • Cathy holmes16 days ago

    Oh yeah! Well deserved, my friend.

  • LIMA16 days ago

    Awesome..Yeah, We are Queens.Which men can't,We can do that too!

  • Gerald Holmes16 days ago

    I am so happy to see this got Top Story! It is so well deserved.

  • HEMA MALINI16 days ago

    bravo....love...congrats on ur 100th writing keep going😍❤❤

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