Never forget what your grandmothers did for you!
The Contract is a narrative poem of exactly what our grandmothers did a century ago to make men's and women's rights equal. The poem is a conversation between a college-age girl and her mother about the opportunities in life for women. The daughter laments that the boys \“have it made\” and women are simply second-class citizens. The mother replies that this is not true; everyone has an equal opportunity at success—but you have to work for that success. Further, says the mother, you, the daughter, have a contract with your grandmothers and great grandmothers. They went to the wall for you, the mother says. They marched and went to jail to give you an equal shot with men in the workplace. They opened the door for you. What you make of yourself in this world is now up to you. Your grandmothers and great grandmothers made it possible for you to be a success—now you have to do the hard work.