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Barack Mandela
Former Attorney, Military Veteran, and Philosopher

Instapoetry: Uplifting Women’s Voices and Feminism

Instapoetry is a new form of social media poetry. I am inspired by two insta-poets, Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. These two female poets proudly proclaim the power of women and girls. They are not only female, they are feminists. They are pro-women.

A few months ago, I bought Kaur’s poetry collection “milk and honey” and Lovelace’s collection “the princess saves herself in this one”. These power packed poems sent my head spinning in circles. I was literarly paralyzed by these short, insightful lyrics.

Throughout my life, I have been inspired by powerful women. My grandmother (Miss Ann), my mother, my aunts, and my sisters have all served as examples of female power.

Moreover, I am following in the footsteps of other powerful women such as: Mother Teresa, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Barbra Streisand, Melinda French Gates, and Ivanka Trump.

Since I have lived in both the United States and the State of Israel, I notice that women are empowered towards equality in both countries. When I served in both the United States Army and Israel Defense Forces (IDF), I served together with strong and intelligent women. I’ve seen women in tough leadership positions, and I am comfortable with women in powerful positions.

It is important to teach the next generation—Generation Z—to respect and empower women and girls in a safe space. Young women such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg are leading humanity towards greater acceptance of “empowered femininity”.

I believe poetry, literature, and song lyrics can uplift the cause of women’s rights, human rights, and equal opporunity.

I was inspired to write my own feminist instapoem titled: “Everyone is a Feminist“:

My sisters are my mother.

Women and men are equal.

All men were created to share power with women.

If God exists, then God is a divine female.

Women’s bodies belong to women.

Girls and boys are equal.

Wonder Woman is a feminist.

Most people have sight but no vision.

The most important letters in the English alphabet are: LGBTQ.

All women are my mother.

Everyone is a feminist.

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About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco (Hastings) (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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