What can a woman be? Soft? Unyielding? Fragile? Nurturing? Diplomatic? Intelligent? Manipulative? Cougar? Dominatrix? Matriarch? Diva? What if we forget what society tells us about all that. A woman is not the color of her lipstick, or the cut of her hair, or the shabbiness of her second-hand clothes. See that girl in the red high heels? She worked her way through college and owns a business now. This one has been a single mother for thirteen years on a minimum wage, and has raised a confident son.
So how about this, a new definition.
A woman can be muscular and feminine, compassionate and analytical, wise and fearless. A woman can be soft spoken and hardened like steel. She can be plain faced and shine with confidence like a beacon.
It is harder to speak when you are told that you don't matter, but I see women standing up anyway. Women are saying that equality means no one should be made to feel shame, that justice means we know these things deeply and our hands will not remain behind our backs in the face of senseless violence, prejudice and ignorance ( thank you Maya.) That true compassion takes strength, means forgiving your enemies while your face is still wet with your own blood. And that while your gender becomes a battle ground for centuries of repression, you stand up and speak out anyway (thank you Malala. )
So how about this, a new definition. What will you add to this world?