Who stands behind a successful woman?

Zahra WZ

There isn’t always a man behind a successful woman.

Sometimes there is her strong spirit,
That promised to break all barriers
And never give up.

Sometimes behind a successful woman,
Stands a role model,
A fighter, another brave woman,
A woman whose words are a poem of hope
And her glance is filled with courage.

Sometimes behind a successful woman,
There is a mother
Who has never been appreciated,
A mother who dedicated her life to educating her children
And raising brave women.

Sometimes behind a successful woman there is a hero,
A sister who stood tall
And fought with the brutality of this world,
Someone whose heart was torn apart,
But she didn’t break.

Sometimes behind a successful woman is herself,
She stood up for herself with all her might
And never waited for a man
To be an excuse for her success.

Photo Courtesy of Rada Akbar.

Read this poem in Persian here.

Zahra Wakilzada

Zahra Wakilzada

A member of Free Women Writers, Zahra is a sophomore in high school and an aspiring writer and poet.
Zahra Wakilzada

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Daughters of Rabia is a collection of Afghan women's writings in defense of their human rights. The book was published by two Afghan activists, Noorjahan Akbar and Batul Muradi, in 2013. Following the book's success and distribution in six provinces in Afghanistan, Noorjahan Akbar created the Free Women Writers blog to continue publishing women's writings in Persian, Pashtu and Uzbeki. Since then, the blog has expanded to include hundreds of articles, poems, narratives, essays and paintings about gender equality, environmental concerns, economic inequality, democracy and other social justice issues. With a weekly readership of more than thirty thousand, the blog has reached tens of thousands of Afghans. This website is the English translation of these writings. Read the Persian book here: