YML's 2019 Women's Day T-shirt designed by Sadhvi Konchada

YML's 2019 Women's Day T-shirt designed by Sadhvi Konchada

 

Last year at this time, YML created some fun Women’s Day T-shirts for the team.  Being really passionate about the topic, I decided to take the initiative to design this year's tees. Being born and raised in India and now working in such a multi-cultural workplace in the United States, diversity is a topic I hold close to my heart. I knew that was the theme I wanted to explore. As I was in the process of designing it, I shared a draft with our Chief Creative Officer, Stephen Clements, who posed a question which really made me think. He said, “Diversity is a topic so big, so vague, and so well explored by other people. Ideas begin with insights. Otherwise they aren’t really ideas. Insights challenge people. They surprise them. They make them think about an old problem in a new way. What’s your insight?” I paused. I thought. I dug deeper, until I found my insight that empowered me to write this poem —

“There are a world of problems that women have to deal with. Differences between them shouldn’t be one of it.”

 


 

 

Empower Her 

It’s 2019.
The war with patriarchy has lasted centuries,
Across continents.
And the world still fails us.

She and I might have our differences.
The color of my skin,
The language of her words,
The music that makes our bodies sway,
Our childhood memories so unlike.
And yet,
Our struggle so alike.
The world has failed us both.

Every time,
Someone speaks over her,
Every time,
She says “Sorry” before speaking her mind,
Every time,
She’s paid less than she deserves,
The world has failed her.
And me.

Every time,
Her heart beats fast as she walks alone at night,
Every time,
She changes her path to avoid passing a group of men,
The world has failed her.
And me.

Every time,
She’s told what to wear,
What to eat,
What to do,
How to be.
The world has failed her.
And me.

This is just the tip of the iceberg,
Of how the world has failed us.

You.
Yes, you.
Reading this.
Every time,
You see our struggle and do nothing,
You have failed us both, too.

This is not your fight.
This is not my fight.
This is our fight.
To make the world better.

So listen,
I promise,
To stand with her.
To stand up for her.
To fight for her.
To empower her.
And can I ask,
If I’m in need,
You do the same for me?

 


 

Written by:

Sadhvi Konchada is a UI/UX designer at Y Media Labs. She enjoys telling stories, most times with color, and sometimes with words.

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