what it means to be a woman

Maddie

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As I sit at my desk wearing my “Girl Power” t-shirt I ask myself, what does it mean to me to be a woman?

I am restraining myself from writing a novel on this topic as there are so many facets to womanhood. While I can only speak from my experience, there is a quality that I keep going back to that I believe all women possess, strength.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said, “… we shouldn’t be afraid of our own strength.” Strength is something that women have contained since the beginning of time, but I feel that today women are truly owning this fact. Why should we be afraid of our own strength, talents, and unique qualities? At times women may have been encouraged to suppress these things in order to fit the roles and life choices society deemed fit for them. Today I am realizing that there is something extremely powerful about embracing my strength, my vulnerability, and appreciating every experience and quality that makes me the woman I am today.

As women we are capable of anything.

We are makers, mothers, bakers, bosses, creators, photographers, artists, authors, designers, we are STRONG and resilient. Women DO. 

To all my super women out there: embrace your uniqueness, your gifts and your strengths. These things are not arbitrary. These things are the assets that will take you far if you choose to nurture and foster them. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Nothing will be able to stop you if you don’t let it. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? If you realized your true potential and power?  

These are my thoughts and opinions as a 20 year old woman and while my views may shift with each year there’s one view that will always remain, women have and always will be forces to reckon with.

I challenge you to reflect on what it means to you to be a woman. What experiences, conversations, and relationships have molded you into the woman you are today? What does being a woman mean to you?

Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts and stories. xoxo

4 thoughts on “what it means to be a woman

  1. Maddie, As a Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Mother and Nana I say “Thank you” for putting in words a powerful message to women everywhere. I am printing this out and reading it to Grayce, who at 8 years of age needs words like thiese as a mantra for any difficulties that she may face in the future. Love you, Aunt Deanna

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  2. Dear Maddie, This is a very poignant piece and carries words of power. Your views as a 20 year old woman show careful thought and wisdom. I especially agree with the paragraph “Women Do”! You have much insight as a young woman. As I have aged I have learned more about the many options that strength and power present. Love you, Grandma😘😘

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  3. Dear Maddie, This is a very poignant piece and carries words of power. Your views as a 20 year old woman show careful thought and wisdom. I especially agree with the paragraph “Women Do”! You have much insight as a young woman. As I have aged I have learned more about the many options that strength and power present. Love you, Grandma😘😘

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  4. Dear Maddie, This is a very poignant piece and carries words of power. Your views as a 20 year old woman show careful thought and wisdom. I especially agree with the paragraph “Women Do”! You have much insight as a young woman. As I have aged I have learned more about the many options that strength and power present. Love you, Grandma😘😘

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