What Being a Woman Means to Me: Thao
by Thao Nguyen
I've always been told that I am at a disadvantage because I am female. And while I do agree that there are many injustices that women have to face that men do not, I reject that statement. As I woman, I believe I have the strength and capabilities to overcome any obstacles that come my way - unfair or not. I believe that I have the skills and drive to go just as far and achieve just as much as my male counterparts. I believe that I have the voice and the compassion necessary to find equal footing with those around me, and to create a space that will empower others.
To me, being a woman doesn't necessarily mean I have to be the same as a man, I just want to be equal. And that means leveraging what is unique to me as a female to constantly better myself, while helping others. Because being a woman allows me to be be fierce, but gentle; strong, but kind. Far too often, I've been told that I need to embrace more traditionally masculine traits if I want to be successful. Be harsh; be ruthless; be unfeeling. But I like to believe traits like that are how we've gotten to the depraved place we are in now. I'd much rather be warm, inviting, empathetic, even it means losing out on opportunities. I aim to be a source of comfort and inspiration. And that's what being a woman means to me.