‘Good evening, Moomi.’ My knees trembled
as they touched the concrete floor.
‘Are you pregnant now?’ She said without
looking up from the tray of groundnuts. [...]
‘Why won’t you allow my son to have a
child?’ She slapped the tray of groundnuts on
the floor and stood up.
‘I don’t manufacture children. God does.’ [...]
‘Have you ever seen God in a labour room
giving birth to a child? Tell me, Yejide, have
you ever seen God in the labour ward? Women
manufacture children and if you can’t you are
just a man. Nobody should call you a woman.’
Stay With Me, Ayobami Adabayo, 2017.
The Edible Woman
The main character ponders over her
education and career:
“What else can I do? Once you’ve gone this
far you aren’t fit for anything else. Something
happens to your mind. You’re overqualified,
overspecialized, and everybody knows it.”
The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood, 1969.
Men, their rights, and nothing more;
women, their rights, and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was an American
women’s rights activist who
fought for equal suffrage for all, regardless of
gender or ethnicity. She founded the National
Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869.