The Magic of Women
Today’s society has a way of judging us women harshly. Our looks, style, intelligence and the way we carry ourselves are just a few ways that society uses to “grade and compare” us to other women. We as women need no help whatsoever in being judged because we do it ourselves to ourselves extremely well. No one can ever critically judge a woman more than she already does to herself. Being authentic and true to oneself seems to be deemed blasphemy in the world of today. The beauty of this great nation is the fact that we all are unique in our own ways. We all are made up of different colors, shapes, sizes and looks that capture the true essence of our beauty.
Following the ideas, opinions and trends set by others is not the way anyone should follow to become their best self. Some women however accept these ideas, opinions and trends as “truths” to critique other women based off them. Social media has only made things worse because now you can be whoever you want to be due to the protection of typing behind a screen that makes your true appearance invisible. Now, not only do we have to constantly defend and define who we are as women, but also must fight to protect our rights as human beings.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” — Maya Angelou
On January 21, 2017, the Women’s March on Washington was held. Women and men in DC, New York, Chicago and more joined together to protest for the equality of women and assuring our voice were heard around the world. The purpose of the Women’s March was to show our new United States President as well as the government, that we will not tolerate nor stand for injustices against our constitutional rights. No one should be able to dictate what we women should/shouldn’t do to our bodies, how we should live, how we should act, what jobs we should apply for, and who we should love.
It is mind boggling to me that in the year of 2017 where the world continuously evolves and grows; we as women have to rally together to fight for our constitutional human rights. I remember seeing pictures of older women holding up their signs that showed their frustration in having to still protest about their rights and being treated as equals in America. Those pictures stood out so much to me because its shows we as women have been here before; fighting to be heard and respected. Women who came before us paving the way like Susan B. Anthony and Ida B. Wells, fought hard longs battles to insure women have choices, opportunities and equalities just like men do. Let us also not forget the case of Roe vs Wade that was a pivotal and historic moment for us as women.
“When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.” — Malala Yousafzai
Time to Rise
The time is now for us as women to stand up for ourselves and one another. We are magic in its purest form. We can do so much more than what society feels we “should” be doing. We possess God given gifts that are needed to help not only better ourselves but also those around us. We have the ability to birth future generations and teach those future generations how to love, care and fight for what is right. Our fight to be treated equally and have our voices heard will not be over until those who are against us come to the realization that we are the life of this world. First however, we must put an end to the trivial and sexist ways society tries to divide and turn us against each other, and realize who we are individually to be able to display a strong united front. Once we are able to do this, all will witness the magic of being a woman.