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“Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study” by Kamla Bhasin

A father asks his daughter:

Study? Why should you study?

I have sons aplenty who can study.

Girl, why should you study?

The daughter tells her father:

Since you ask, here’s why I must study.

Because I am a girl, I must study.

Long denied this right, I must study.

For my dreams to take flight, I must study.

Knowledge brings new light, so I must study.

For the battles I must fight, I must study.

Because I am a girl, I must study.

To avoid destitution, I must study.

To win independence, I must study.

To fight frustration, I must study.

To find inspiration, I must study.

Because I am a girl, I must study.

To fight men’s violence, I must study.

To end my silence, I must study.

To challenge patriarchy, I must study.

To demolish all hierarchy, I must study.

Because I’m a girl, I must study.

To mould a faith I can trust, I must study.

To make laws that are just, I must study.

To sweep centuries of dust, I must study.

To challenge what I must, I must study.

Because I’m a girl I must study.

To know right from wrong, I must study.

To find a voice that is strong, I must study.

To write feminist songs, I must study.

To make a world where girls belong, I must study.

Because I’m a girl, I must study.
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