the future is female by Krystal Bick March 20, 2017 As I’m sure many of you recall (and likely celebrated!) March 8th was International Women’s Day. And in the spirit of making a point to remember that we should keep gender equality top of mind every day, not just one day, I wanted to share a recap from the beautiful brunch that Farfetch hosted for the day at the Gramercy Park Hotel Terrace (my favorite terrace in all of the city!). And while I always love seeing so many of my talented friends and peers in one place (who doesn’t, especially when we’re all donning red for the occasion?), I was really sold when the folks at Farfetch mentioned Cleo Wade would be doing a reading of her latest poem, which I was hoping to share today with all of you. I’ve been a fan of her work for some time now and I think her latest poem is a true statement to her work pioneering gender equality and female empowerment. A sweet testimony to the women who have blazed the trails before us — Sheryl, Gloria, Maya, Coretta Scott King — and a call to arms to pay it forward. So without further adieu… Who Are We Right Now Who are we right now? Are we Ms. Shirley When we walk up to the table and see no seat for us So bring our folding chair Are we Ms. Gloria When we remember that When we speak about feminism and racism and poverty and all who are oppressed that Our issues are linked And not ranked Are we Ms. Ida When we Right wrongs by Turning the light of truth Upon them Are we Ms. Fannie When we yell out That No body is free Until Every body Is free Are we Ms. Coretta When our country calls on us to remember so deeply in our souls that Freedom is never really won that We must earn it And win it In Every generation Are we Ms. Angela when we proclaim That we are no longer Accepting the things, we cannot change We are instead Changing the things We cannot accept Are we Ms. Alice when we remember That the most common way we Give up our power Is by thinking We don’t have any And Are we Ms. Alice when we remember that Activism is the rent we pay For living on this planet Are we Ms. Sojourner When we say to the world “Ain’t I a woman” And Are we Ms. Maya When Together Every single day We continue To rise To know the women who came before us is to know ourselves It is to know the blood memory that runs through our veins It is to know that the unlived dreams of our ancestors are our honor and our duty to live out Right now Because as Women Right now When it comes to the work of the Women before us… Maybe we are not able To pay it back But We can Certainly Pay it forward Huge thanks to the Farfetch team for hosting such a beautiful event in honor of International Women’s Day!