Women hold up half the sky – Super Power or Super Pressure?
Since the beginning, when God created this world, after making the man, a mighty creature named Adam, He just knew it wasn’t enough. And so, He created the woman, a powerful and beautiful creature to look after him and after this world. It’s in a woman’s heart to feel the need to nurture and to put others before themselves, it comes from inside.
Because we have to agree with this, from the beginning, men have the force and the power, but women are the strong ones. For years, they fought to be where they are today, to have the privileges they have today and to be who they are today. While men were always up there, women had to struggle to get there too.
And just like a famous song from our days would say – we started from the bottom, now we’re here. What’s next? Are women under a great pressure to prove (still) that they can do more than they’re allowed to do? Or are they empowered with super strength, because of what they accomplished? I think the answer is both.
Are we there yet? Or we need to keep on walking?
I found this short, but so beautiful Chinese proverb that says: “Women hold up half the sky.” And it just made me think of this: Women= Power, Determination, Authenticity, Inspiration, Treasure.
Don’t ever try to stop a determined woman, because you can’t. We’re always evolving, so I think we’ll never stop. Yes, maybe we are somewhere, but not there. Not now, not in the future.
The Chinese people actually made this proclamation in order to gain the same status and equal opportunities, equal pay, and equal work as men. It’s no secret that in the past, women were attributed a different role compared to what’s happening today. For centuries, women were subservient to men and they were the ones that had to stay home, taking care of the house and of their children. For that, they didn’t have to get education or information. But, luckily, things have changed and today women are not only having a great family life, but also successful careers. Things are still different in Islamic culture, where women still can’t vote, can’t go out without a male presence, can’t drive a car, and so on. But, we hope for the best.
It was Malala Yousafzai that said: “A girl has the power to go forward in her life. And she’s not only a mother, she’s not only a sister, she’s not only a wife. But a girl has the – she should have an identity. She should be recognized and she has equal rights as a boy”. Malala is a Pakistani activist for women’s right who grew up under the Taliban’s banning girls to go to school. When she was 15 years old, they tried to shot her dead because she was loud with her activism work, blogging about it for BBC. She survived and now she’s the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. This is about an ambitious girl with no fear that would make anything to prove her accurate point. It’s about a woman supporting another woman. She does it for herself and by doing that she does it for others too.
On this note, I found another great quote from another powerful woman, the amazing Maya Angelou who said: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women”. It’s always enough for one to reach out and the rest will follow.
What makes a woman real?
I found this unknown beautiful quote that actually, I think, defines a real woman from head to toe:
“RESPECT A WOMAN BECAUSE:
You can feel her INNOCENCE in form of a daughter.
You can feel her CARE in form of a sister.
You can feel her WARMTH in form of a friend.
You can feel her PASSION in form of a beloved.
You can feel her DEDICATION in form of a wife.
You can feel her DIVINITY in form of a mother.
You can feel her BLESSING in form of a grandmother.
Yet she is so TOUGH too… Her heart is so TENDER…
So NAUGHTY… So CHARMING… So SHARING… So MELODIOUS…
She is a WOMAN. And she is life”.
A woman is a mother, a daughter, a friend, a girlfriend, a member of the family. They say that nothing compares to the love of a mother. Which is true, no other type of love can compare with this one – it’s soft but so deep.
Maybe a real woman actually spells mother. Why? Let me tell you this: it’s the type of a woman that has a good career, but is ready enough to settle down with her loved one and start a family. Most of the times it works out. But, for some, life isn’t so fair. And those are the single mothers. The strength and the courage a single parent has are definitely inspiring. This is the struggle that unveils that superpower I’m talking about. And it unveils when one feels under pressure, the need to survive and to keep on going. Or maybe a real woman spells businesswoman. A woman that nurtures her career just like she would with a baby, helping her and helping other to succeed. Ups and downs in the business world can also trigger some courage, some skills, and some superpowers when it’s under the pressure. So the pressure is good, helps us discover things that maybe we didn’t know about ourselves. It’s human instinct – to survive, no matter what.
So a real woman means a true strong human being.
A real woman is about having confidence and knowing what she’s capable of, is about being independent and making it on her own. If we search for real women quotes or images on the internet, it will lead to pages with ideas on how a real woman can conquer a real man. That’s the main idea. Which is totally wrong.
Although we should celebrate the women in our lives every day (and yes, I’m talking about our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, whatever), we have an international day when we can have an excuse (more) to show our appreciation and our love to the females in our life. This day is celebrated on 8 March, correlating with the beginning of the spring.
In the end, I want to leave you with this quote from Former American First Lady Michelle Obama: “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals”.
Not society, not other men, nobody.