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, Editor-in-Chief of The Panoptic, has just graduated with a BA in History from the University of Warwick. Passionate about journalism, Clare has written both for her student paper, The Boar, and completed academic research. Clare encourages investigative journalism and in particular with regard to politics. The Panoptic, for her, is a magazine with a voice on issues not only within the realm of ‘student’ or ‘millennial’. By creating a cross-university platform, as well as incorporating voices from outside universities, she hopes to create a voice for her generation.

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