What it’s like to be a woman: only she knows
In our nation, we recognize March as Women’s History Month. This amazing occasion coincides with International Women’s Day, March 8.
Women – a symbol of progress, hope, strength and courage – is being celebrated all across our nation. But across the world prehistoric ideologies and rotten beliefs still prevail. While here she prospers and inspires, in some parts of the world, she cries and suffers.
The human female is the most targeted, cornered and endangered being living today. There are millions of her and yet, every single one of them— at one point of time in her life, no matter which country she belongs to, or what color her skin is— experiences one emotion in common: fear.
It is ironic that the female fears more than anyone or anything her opposite sex: the male.
We all take joy in her spirit and we take pride in her power. Yet, each one of us is related to or knows a woman who has had her share of suffering. The RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) reports that on an average, another American woman is assaulted every 2 minutes. Of these victims, more than 44% are under the age of 18, which makes them a target of rape and pedophilia. The world that has gifted her with infinite beauty has ensured that this is as much a blessing as it is a curse.
A historical perspective is essential to understand her predicaments. An argument generally accepted at face value is that because of her nimble physical build, the woman’s inferiority was a given. Before mankind even developed intelligence or created wonders, it established man’s domination. But history isn’t to be blamed alone.
In some parts of the Middle East, a woman is still forbidden from pursuing education and employment. Some religions don’t allow her to do what her heart desires because they deem her ‘unfit to think’. Some societies look at her birth as a tragedy and upon her birth, she is either drowned to death or buried alive.
But does she give up? India – a country with a population of 1.1 billion – had its first female president’s (Prathiba Patil) rule from 2007 to 2012. Germany’s Chancellor Helena Merkel was recently re-elected and is hailed as one of the most incredible politicians of the 21st century. The COO of Facebook is a woman (Sharyl Sandberg). And there is not a soul in the world that doesn’t know about the literary genius of J.K. Rowling.
Her struggles, her victories, her infinite bravery are just some of the few things we are celebrating all through the month. There are challenges in her way. The path is anything but easy. Still, she endures. She continues. She encourages. She inspires. She lives.
She is a woman.