I helped run the family farm as a child
That inspired me to help girls like me
Get an education.
I traveled alone cross country
Collecting donations for my school
Though others called this unladylike
When I opened my school
My students had to walk a mile
45 minutes in winter.
To save my students tuition money
We lived together as a family
I got my students to do housework
Emily Dickinson had to clean knives.
“Miss Lyon and other teachers
Seem to consult our comfort and happiness
In all they do,” said Emily.
My students had to do seven courses
In math and science to graduate
Unlike any other seminary.
They also did lab experiments
Field trips too.
“Go where no one else will go
Do what no one else will do.”
Here’s the previous poem in my Famous Women series.
Read more about Mary Lyon here.