I am what I feel I am.
My pressures cannot stop me;
The pressure of being the victim in a devouring world,
The pressure of being the Second Sex in society,
The pressure of being called a witch if I use my science to help others,
The pressure of being called a ‘bad mom’;
The pressure of being the subject of objectification,
The pressure of being judgmental,
The pressure that you don’t know me,
The pressure that no one wants to know me;
But nothing can stop me.
I am not answerable to anyone, but myself.
I am the giver; I am the creator of the new life.
I am the leader on the office chair; I am the cooker of fried eggs.
I am the trainer of my kids; I am the inspiration for my girl.
I am submissive when I choose; I am violent when I should.
I can decide; I can do.
I can earn; I can distribute.
I can be Teresa; I can be the Kurdish fighters.
I can wear both surnames or drop them all.
I can be Madonna; I can be Mary.
I can be Kom; I can be Kate.
But I am a fighter, and your pressures cannot stop me.
I am what I am, and what I want to be.
Today, women can no longer be associated as ‘abla naari’. They are leading in almost all fields of life, in professional, educational and personal regions of survival. Women are leading, as better students, better entrepreneurs and better parents.
Gone are the days, when we had to depend on the historical sources to acknowledge our achievements, and what we would notice was only a Gandhi or an Elizabeth. Women’s achievements are enormous and history persistently have betrayed us by relegating us to the footnotes.
Year 2015 itself has 5-woman record breakers namely:
- Malala Yousafzai - Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner(17 years, 2 months and 23 days)
- Juliana Buhring – fastest circumnavigation by bicycle.
- Liu Yang - First female taikonaut (35 years old)
- Johanna Quaas – Oldest gymnast (89 years old)
- JK Rowling - Highest annual earnings for a children's author. (345,833 books per hour)
It is a proven fact that women can do any work better than any other man for the following qualities:
1. They have great collaboration abilities; hence they can share knowledge as well as assemble knowledge from everyone in the team.
2. Women look into the initial details of the problem, to gradually proceed towards a great result, unlike men who formulate the result and solution first and then begin attending problem questions downwards, so they face a lot of problems, while adhering to the set pattern of the solution.
3. Women are composed even in tough situations, as long as work is concerned, hence they remember every single small task that needs to be completed.
4. Women are more open and honest about what they are doing.
5. They have an intuition which often hits right and helps greatly in the predictive analysis.
6. Women are empathetic and can easily connect with people, as they understand other’s emotions much better than men.
7. Due to these reasons, probably women are the best leaders and entrepreneurs in business and corporate houses.
However, there are lots of things which only a woman can do:
- Achieving pregnancy: For generations, women have been elevated just on this ground, that they are mothers. However, it is true, that birth requires equal contributions from a man and a woman, but not to forget, that women are bestowed with the unique privilege of conceiving the child, giving it form and shape, and finally bringing it on earth.
- Women are capable of multi-tasking. They can cook, talk over the phone and watch TV at the same time. Thus, it is taken for granted, that a woman can be a professional, a mother and a homemaker together. She is loaded with responsibilities in this patriarchal society, but she never complains and does her duties perfectly, whereas men, can attend to one task at a time, hence more often if they are working in office, they are unable to respond to home needs.
- Women live longer than men. Researchers have proven that women live approximately 5 to 6 years more than men, hence extra time to enjoy the world, and extra time to eat their favorite food, and extra benefits from the Government. Finally, we can conclude, that women are naturally healthier and fitter than men.
- Women have the privilege of experimenting and enjoying with their looks. They can wear skirts, sarees as well as jackets and pants and carry both the dressing equally well, unlike men. Fashion marks variety for women. We can wear makeup to conceal their blemishes or try almost every colour on our eyes and nails and look beautiful. We can wear heels and get as tall as we want to.
Woman’s inherent strength lies in her mind. The mind that gave us talents like Indra Nooyi (CEO, Pepsico), Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany), Hellen Keller (who was an author, and political activist, but blind and deaf at the same time) and Bula Choudhury (national women’s swimming champion and first woman to cross seven seas, winner of Arjuna Award, 1990).
The determination, the diligence, the persistence of a woman is unbreakable, and that strength gives clear vision and logic to a woman, with which she can judge and decide things for herself, and make it big from zero.
Many more names will keep motivating us, and I personally feel proud as a woman, when I read through their achievements, as a celebrity or as a common lady.
On this Women’s Day, I really hope that the society understands the true abilities of a strong woman and respects her in the true right, and not just because “mere paas maa hai”. More power to women.