Today is International Women’s Day and it got me thinking of what it means to me to be a woman.
It’s not something I think about often, but being a woman is not easy. It takes strength, a sense of humor, heart and a high pain tolerance. Double that for mothers.
I remember when I became an “official” woman, more years ago than I care to admit. I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Menstruation didn’t seem like anything to celebrate over. And several years later, I still feel the same. That part of being a woman sucks. But for whatever reason, that’s the first mark in a girls life to becoming a woman. That and boobs. But you know, there is more to it than that, right?
Having a baby really changed my views on womanhood. I can grow a human being inside my body. Me. Sure, a man helped plant the seed, but I, a woman, did the rest. That’s amazing shit right there. I took a microscopic, fertilized egg and turned it into a human. A human who is now almost twelve and rolls his eyes at me. And then I did it two more times! #sciencebitch
Women are intelligent, capable, strong beings. Even though it’s 2017, there are a lot of people who don’t view us that way. I’ve been looked down upon for being a working mom. I’ve been told I’m a woman and my job is to stay at home. Society has placed women in a niche of being decorative. We are to keep a home and support a man and take care of children. Cook and clean and look presentable. Women are looked down upon for breastfeeding their child in public, for being single, for having too many kids, for not having any kids. We do the same jobs as men, but get paid less for it. The government tries to control our reproductive rights. There was a time in history where we couldn’t vote, couldn’t drive and couldn’t even rent an apartment without a man’s permission. We are told we are too fat, to thin, too short, too tall. Too emotional, too independent, too opinionated.
Could you imagine if men had to live under these conditions? They would riot in the streets!
With today being International Women’s Day, I urge all the women out there to embrace who you are as a woman. Fat or thin, short or tall, gay or straight. You’re a woman, you’re amazing and you shouldn’t fall prey to what society tells you to be. Be the amazing person you are and have always been and don’t let anyone tell you different!