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LADY LIKE (2022-)

I have always admired the women in my family— the way they cook the most amazing family meals and the way they made a home. But as I grew older, I started to learn how restricting these roles could be. At night, my mom would share with me her burden of making dinner each night or handling the family finances, and as my grandmother required more care over the years, I, along with the rest of my family, started to take on some of her burdens. Yet, even with these important roles women play in their families, they still lack real control. Look no further than the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade— women lack power in determining the trajectory of their own futures, much less the future of a nation. Inspired by Domestic Work by Natasha Tretheway (a collection of poems), I wanted to explore womanhood and this life ‘between worlds’ that they live. Through Lady Like, I am trying to define what womanhood means to me as I learn to take my place among the women I so admire.

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