The poem Women’s Rights, written by Annie Louisa Walker, is a typical poem of its time. Written in the nineteenth century, this poem tells us that the basic rights of women are limited and that their dreams are robbed. This poem is still accurate as it comes to some countries in the world.
In the nineteenth century, equality for women seemed far away. Annie Louise Walker (1836 – 1907) wrote this poem as a protest against this inequality. She wished that times would change.
The first stanza of this poem tells us that there are certain rights every woman is eligible to. Consider those rights as something they deserve and its time the world would recognise these rights. Remember that at the time this poem was written, women weren’t accepted to perform certain tasks.
You cannot rob us of the rights we cherish,
Nor turn our thoughts away
From the bright picture of a “Woman’s Mission”
Our hearts portray.
We claim to dwell, in quiet and seclusion,
Beneath the household roof,–
From the great world’s harsh strife, and jarring voices,
To stand aloof;–
Not in a dreamy and inane abstraction
To sleep our life away,
But, gathering up the brightness of home sunshine,
To deck our way.
As humble plants by country hedgerows growing,
That treasure up the rain,
And yield in odours, ere the day’s declining,
The gift again;
So let us, unobtrusive and unnoticed,
But happy none the less,
Be privileged to fill the air around us
To live, unknown beyond the cherished circle,
Which we can bless and aid;
To die, and not a heart that does not love us
Know where we’re laid.
— Annie Louisa Walker
Times may have changed after this poem is written in Great Brittan (and Canada, where she also lived). This is not the case in many countries around the world. There is still the need to change things.
Gender pay gap
There is one problem. Things may have changed in countries like Great Brittan. There is still the need to change things. A good (or bad) example is the payment of female journalists working for the BBC. This is also known as the Gender pay gap.