One Woman Awake

Several years ago,  I received a card from the National Association of Mothers’ Centers with the following poem printed on the front:

One Woman Awake
Awakens another,
The second awakens her next door neighbor.
And three awake can rouse the town,
And turn the whole place upside down.
And many awake
Can raise such a fuss
That it finally awakens the rest of us.
One woman up,
With dawn in her eyes,


It has been hanging on the wall behind my computer since 2007 and it still gives me chills to read it. Of course, it can be applied to many elements of women’s lives, but I look at it through the lens of birth advocacy. I always say that what I want to do with my life is simply to transform the birth culture in the U.S. A lofty goal maybe, but if many awakened women raise enough of a fuss, it could happen!

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