Calling All Women

Calling All Women

Calling all sisters. Calling all

Righteous sisters.

Calling all women. 

To steal away

To our secret place. 

Have a meeting

Face to face. 

Look at the facts

And determine our pace. Calling all


We want to reach – first and second


Third world women

Come together!

Women in and outside the power structure –

Working women,

Welfare women,

Women who feel alienated and isolated

Women who are all frustrated

Women who have given up – women – women

Questioning women – women

Unpolarized and unorganized.

Ostracized. Tired of being penalized

Come help us start to bridge the gaps

Racial, cultural, or generation

We want some action and veneration.

These men, these men they

Just ain’t doing it.

They’ve had hundreds of years

Now they ’bout to ruin it.

Kitchen, office, ex-prison women

Old and young and middle-aged women

Make this scene

Oh yes, and bring your lunch!

Problems, problems common problems

That we make and cause each other

Sister, daughter, old grandmother

Female child you can bring your little brother

Take the subway, grad a cab

Saddle your mule

Bike it, limo

Take a choo-choo, fly

Or pick ‘em up and lay ‘em down.

Socialism, capitalism, communism

Feminism, womanism, lesbianism

Here-and-now or futurism

We just can’t afford a schism

We got to get together or die.

Now is the time for an evolution

Let’s all search and find a solution

For how we’ll make it to the next revolution

Or die.
Oh yes. And don’t forget your lunch!

From the 1987 book by Ruby Dee, My One Good Nerve