The Feminist Twelve Days of Christmas

by mraynes

On the first day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
The right to fight the patriarchy.

On the second day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the third day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me
Women’s Property Laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the fourth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the fifth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property rights,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the seventh day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Equal Opportunity in Education,
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the eighth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Access to credit,
Equal opportunity in education,
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the ninth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Gainful employment,
Access to credit,
Equal opportunity in education,
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the tenth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
Roe v. Wade,
Gainful employment,
Access to credit,
Equal opportunity in education,
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me:
FMLA
Roe v. Wade,
Gainful employment,
Access to credit,
Equal opportunity in education,
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all
And the right to fight the patriarchy.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my fore-mothers gave to me
Our Bodies, Ourselves
FMLA,
Roe v. Wade,
Gainful employment,
Access to credit,
Equal opportunity in education,
Protection from domestic violence,
The Feminine Mystique,
Equality in marriage,
Women’s property laws,
Suffrage for all…

And the right to fight the patriarchy.

Mraynes

Mraynes lives in downtown Denver with her husband and four children. She spends her time lobbying at the Colorado Legislature, managing all the things and preparing Gospel Doctrine lessons.

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12 Responses

  1. kew says:

    I am so grateful for my fore-mothers.

  2. Reese Dixon says:

    This. is. the. greatest. …thing….EVER!

  3. EmilyCC says:

    Pure awesomeness, mraynes!

  4. Jessawhy says:

    You are amazing.

    Thanks!

    We’ll sing this on Christmas Eve.

  5. cchrissyy says:

    can’t help but smile – nice present! 🙂

  6. mraynes says:

    Thanks, everybody! I’m glad you enjoyed my little version of a beloved Christmas carol. 🙂

  7. Caroline says:

    I love it, mraynes. Fantastic.

  8. Jana says:

    Reading this made me smile, but it also made me a little sad. We still have so far to go! 🙂

  9. Emily U says:

    This made me smile.

    As I just wrote about in my blog, one thing we learn from Mary is that with God, nothing is impossible. Those dark days of patriarchy are ending, and they’re not coming back!

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