FROM A MAN IN HONOR OF ALL WOMEN
I dominated through physical strength.You proved physicality largely irrelevant.
I was misogynistic, chauvinistic and repressive.You responded with fairness, kindness, and compassion.
I imposed sexism, marginalization, and control.You facilitated inclusion, development, and freedom.
I was rigid and unbending.You considered others’ points of view,
The broader context,
The possibility of multiple outcomes,
And the possibility of change.
I was impulsive, demeaning and abusive.Your stability and resiliency never wavered.
I initiated violence, aggression, and control.You brought intuition, calm, comfort, and healing.
I made war, and inflicted harm with impunity.You extended your hands of peace.
May your virtue, wisdom, tolerance and understandingForever guide the progress of humankind.
--Will WalshInternational Women’s Day, March 8, 2014