There are women all around me,
They refuse to be defined
By their hair
Their choices
Their parenthood
(Or lack thereof)
Their ability to look refined.
These women walk in power,
With graceful smiles
And chilling snarls.
These women hold the hands of others,
Stride purposefully, alone,
Write, smiling, in corners,
Captivate rooms with booming voices,
And they fight, shout, nag and moan.
I am surrounded by women,
And they walk undefined.
I am one in a sea of wonderful women,
And that is just damn fine.
A short piece for International Women’s Day 2018.
– Joanna Hagan-Young
Clare Clarke is the founder and current Editor-in-Chief of The Panoptic. Passionate about journalism, Clare developed the magazine to help young journalists have a space of their own to write about issues they care about and bring readers tomorrow's voices, today.

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