What being pro woman means to me

Audrey Otwell

Girls are magic. That’s just how it works.

There’s more to girl magic than stereotypes like the color pink, femininity, and physical, emotional, or social prerequisite. Womanhood is community; it’s spiritual, and it’s what makes the world go round.

For me, womanhood is unfiltered characteristics such as independence and ambition that resonate against opposition. This sense of unconditional community binds me to the women in my life that’s often presented as a swell of complete and utter joy. I see my mom, my sister, my empowered classmates and I see Marian. It’s an entire building brimming with bright, creative, compassionate women. I see innovative, intelligent, capable, and incredible women, and think “Wow- girls did that.”

Women have always been marvelous and magnificent, capable of conquering anything with wit and ingenuity.

However, due to cultural and social struggle, women have not always been acknowledged for this fact.

We have been demeaned, reduced to a largely misogynistic definition of inability and weakness. In order to achieve, women clung to the scrap of hope that remained: each other. Paradoxical, but true, this metaphor extends past biology; without women, there would be no women.

An entire abstract identity, womanhood is an inherent bond that does not rely on the earthly social constructs that seemingly are all too mortal. My interests and identity first align in being a woman, and as anti-women politics and biology arise, I choose to pursue a direction that is best for womenkind. When you look at women through the eyes of society, you may glean insight into one of the reasons that female empowerment is so important: a long history of mistreatment and underestimation.

Although women have made earth-shaking strides in legislative rights, opposition is still strong and potent, especially in traditionally conservative international communities.

To be a woman in the eye of the public still primarily centers on physicality, and the American television broadcast journalism realm is no stranger to blatant objectification. Perhaps a more pressing issue is the lack of legislative equality that exists largely abroad. Not to mention, female genital mutilation and child-marriages still run rampant.

Part of my duties as “girl” begin with an incredible act of defiance. The societal innuendos that insinuate women’s value and worth being rooted in anything aside from human dignity must be eradicated, and thus is the foundational basis for my responsibilities.

Therefore, as I have had incredible opportunities for healthcare and education, I feel a certain obligation to share those opportunities with women. This allegiance has my full support; I desire with every fiber of my being to be part of the girl good.

Girlhood: it’s ethereal, so, I’ll fight the good fight.

Women who empower me, who strive and struggle through tribulation, who tirelessly work for an end to underestimation and prejudice against less fortunate women are the lifeblood of good. I strive to be one of them for others.

It’s an incredible community of empowered individuals. Its intention isn’t to conflict with another; the point is to encourage, simulate and celebrate women because girls are absolutely unstoppable. We’re marvelous.

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