Bad women know how to cook create a miracle in a pot make something out of chicken feet, pigs feet, cornmeal, hogmaw, fisheads, fatback, ribs, roots, soy or red beans Bad women overcome homelessness, violence, addiction and self hate. Bad women march for equality education, jobs, childcare, universal health care, affirmative action and choice. Bad women flaunt themselves plump as mangos, skinny as tallow tall, short dark as plums and coffee light as cream and butter gold as sun on lemons, red as cinnamon brown as kola. Bad women don't get old, they get full full flavored like aged wine full as harvest's vine seasoned. Bad women celebrate themselves, fingerpopping, hipshaking, big laughed, wisemouthed hefty thighed, smart thinking women hatwearing, soft syllabled, eyelash fluttering tangerine lipstick queens, small and big breasted fat kneed, skinny ankled women who dance without warning wrap their men or their women around their waist and dance to the edge of dawn. Bad women know how to stir their tears in pots of compassion add some hot sauce, wasabe, five spices, jalapenos the salt of memory stoke the fire of history simmer in resilience make it taste like home.
Bad women can burn.
~Janice Mirikitani from San Francisco Women's Summit Speech, delivered on April 25, 2000