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An original text written by Ash Bhalla

For what are we but women first and foremost?

And yet we search for our identities outside of ourselves.

We search in our work, we search in our play.

We search in our parents, we search in our children.

We search in our men.

But we will never find ourselves outside of ourselves.

The self we yearn for, the self we long to be, is within us and nowhere else.

And so it is with wide eyes and open hearts that we must peruse ourselves and our place.

For who births, feeds, and nurtures humankind?

The beauty and brutality in humanity is manifest in the world we both nurture and destroy.

For us to free ourselves from the violence of the past, each of us must celebrate the beauty we can find in the present.

If the past dictates the present, it necessarily controls the future.

But if we are bold enough, each of us, to find the splendour in ourselves, in our present

Then we forge the civilization we were born to create.

For what are we but women first and foremost?