Here are the opening lines of "Circle of Silence" by Stacey K. Vargas:
Like an electron trapped in an unstable orbit, I am seated
in a circle of powerful men.
In an awkward moment small talk ends
and the meeting abruptly begins.
The superintendent turns to me and says,
"This was not sexual harassment."
And the opening lines of "The Typist" by Barbara Drake:
I made 87 1/2 cents an hour typing,
when I was a college student.
A few lines selected from "The End of the Day" by Helena Minton:
Wait at the time clock to punch out
the minute hand to move to 5
. . . .
wait for coffee, lunch
two lengths of time
push me pull me
wait it out
point A to point B
time strung like a clothesline
The first stanza of "Night Harvest" by Lam Thi My Du
(translated from the Vietnamese by Martha Collins and Thuy Dinh)White circles of conical hats have come out
Like the quiet skies of our childhood
Like an egret's spreading wings in the night
White circles evoking the open sky
The anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupying the Workplace was edited by Caroline Wright, M.L. Lyons & Eugenia Toledo (Lost Horse Press, 2015). Also available in the anthology are "Ordinary Women Scientists" by Mary Alexandra Agner and Jo Pitkin's poem celebrating Ada Lovelace -- and from this same anthology -- which was posted here on July 16, 2015. Two recent and fine books that recognize and celebrate women in mathematics and the sciences are Seduced by Logic: Émilie du Châtelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution by Robyn Arianrhod (Oxford, 2011) and Headstrong: 42 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby (Broadway Books, 2015).