I realize this is hopelessly old-fashioned, but I'm old enough to know that this is what God intended for us ladies to be and do:
THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN
by Reverend M. Lowry
The rights of women! What are
they? The right to labor, love and pray;
The right to weep with those who
weep, the right to wake when others sleep.
The right to dry the falling
tear, the right to quell the rising fear,
The right to smooth the brow of
care, and whisper comfort in despair.
The right to watch the parting breath,
to sooth and cheer the bed of death;
The right when earthly hopes all fail,
to point to that within the vail.
The right the wandered to reclaim, and win
the lost from paths of shame;
The right to comfort and to bless the widows
and the fatherless.
The right the intellect to train and guide the soul to
Teach it to rise above earth's toys, and wing its flight for
The right to live for those we love, the right to die that
love to prove;
The right to brighten earthly homes with pleasant smiles and
Are these thy rights?
Then use them well, thy silent influence
none can tell;
If these are thine, why ask for more? Thou hast enough to
Are these thy rights? Then, murmur not that woman's mission is
I dedicate this to our beloved Ria!