In honor of International Women’s Day, I thought it appropriate to reflect on what being a woman means to me, and all of the marvelous gifts that come with being a female. How often do we really take a moment to step back and revel in the glory of womanhood?
The true brilliance of my gender hadn’t occurred to me until I was about 18 or 19. I had always seen it as a random genetic assignment, the flip of a coin. I was a woman, so what? Once I discovered feminism, my nonchalance changed big time.
Being a woman is a gift; a truly beautiful, magnificent gift that is to be cherished. For women are far more powerful than history, society, and even we women give ourselves credit for. It’s time we look in the mirror and recognize just how effing amazing we really are.
Women are the creators of life. We are sacred vessels. Yes, we need men in order to procreate, but our very bodies are the temple in which life is formed, nurtured, and brought into the world. Even if you have not given birth, or do not desire to, your body possess the innate potential to create. Let’s take a moment to realize the gravity of that. It’s absolutely momentous.
And after birth, our bodies have the ability to nourish the very life we created. From our bosom, we sustain life; fragile, new, innocent life. That is some powerful stuff ladies. Own your magnificence.
Not only are our bodies a glorious aspect of womanhood, the strength within a woman is a wonder to behold. Throughout history, a history filled with gender inequality and domination, women have accomplished some awe inspiring feats. With strength, determination, and sheer force of will, women have carved a path through oppression, fighting for the rights that so many of us take for granted today. Incredible women like Susan B. Anthony and Jane Addams dedicated their lives to women’s suffrage, allowing women like me to vote, and for women like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice to hold office. Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the earliest leaders in the feminist movement, paved the way for iconic feminists like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem to shake up a nation and fight for gender equality. These women have made it possible for incredible, inspiring women such as Amal Clooney, Lena Dunham, and Malala Yousafzai to be powerful, to be influential, to be heard, and most importantly, to make a difference. The strength of a few women made all of this possible. It changed the course of history. If the strength of a woman can accomplish all that, there is nothing that we can’t do.
Being a woman is an incredible gift. Each and every day, remember just how spectacular you are.