What Being a Woman Means to Me: Elizabeth
By Elizabeth Barrera
Being a woman means a lot of things. For starters, it means having a vagina instead of penis, breasts, and a great set of assets. But that’s obviously just the natural physical difference between a man and woman.
However, in 2017, not only is there a necessity to thoroughly explain the worth of a woman, but it’s also of great importance to point out why we should value her. To me, being a woman essentially means the same thing as being a man – it means being human. (Except there are double standards that society wishes to place on us – something that’s been quite difficult to ignore, improve, or deplete altogether.)
Being a woman means strengthening those who feel weak. It means stretching your arm to a sister in need. It means being a voice of encouragement, not a purposeful hindrance. It means inspiring others, not patronizing them. Being a woman means what we want it to mean, because we have the power to affect those who surround us in a positive or negative way.
Unfortunately, being a woman also means being sexualized, catcalled, and belittled; but it signifies having the strength to still stand strong with our heads held high. It means being potentially grabbed by the p*ssy, having authoritative figures be okay with it, and still fighting back.
Being a woman means looking my mother in the eye and appreciating every single sacrifice she has made in my name. It means uplifting other women in her honor, because that’s who I was raised to be.
Being a woman means having will power, endurance, determination, and a sense of self-worth. It means we get to choose when to say yes and when to say no, when to continue and when to stop. But most of all, it means we will never give up.
Because as women, we can and will accomplish anything we want.