Perspective: I am a Woman
Start writing a post

Perspective: I am a Woman

My stance on being a young woman in today's society.

Perspective: I am a Woman

April 13, 2005: a new baby is brought into this world at 7:36 AM in Northside Hospital. As the mother is cradling this 10-pound baby in her arms, the father watches over- tears filling the brim of his eyes. These bright and hopeful parents envision an incredible future for their newborn daughter, and they are excited to see what joy and happiness she brings them. One of the things the parents loved the most about their baby was her name. It meant earth because she was their world. Her name? Ila Prabhuram.

I am a woman.

This means I have the freedom to make choices about MY body. This means I have the right to dress how I want to. This means I have the right to wear as much makeup as I want to. This means I can feel confident about myself. This means I have the right to pursue careers and opportunities that I believe will make ME happy. This means I have the choice of marrying and choosing to spend the rest of my life with someone. This means I have the right to stand up for freedoms that others lack. This means I have the right to use my voice to empower others.

But at what cost?


You're not confident.

You're full of it.

Makeup is just a way for you to hide your insecurities.

If you dress like that, you're asking for it.

Don't raise your voice because that's unladylike.

If you don't marry someone, you're wasting your life!

That's a man's job.

Ew, you're a feminist?

A woman's never done THIS before.


In my entire fifteen years of life, I could have never imagined a world so judgmental that every time a woman tries to utilize her voice, she is shut down by men.

She is compared to other women who meet different standards of beauty, in an attempt to degrade her confidence. She receives backlash and hatred, for what? For sharing her voice in an effort to empower other women? That is unacceptable.

But living among such influential women- women of different races, sexual orientation, and backgrounds different but who share similar experiences of blatant & subtle sexism driven by opposing forces- has taught me so much more than society would have wanted.

I share my voice because I was lucky enough to have been born in a situation where I was given the resources to do so. I share my voice and speak on behalf of the others who don't have a voice.

Because I know that it will take, truly, a long time for sexism to have been fully conquered, and for women to be viewed equally as men. But I know that time will come.

As a woman, I think therefore I am, an unapologetically strong force that will ignite change in society. And that is why I will continue to share my voice.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

12 Reasons Why I Love Christmas

What's Not To Love? But These Reasons Are Why Christmas Is Best

Young woman with open arms enjoying the snow on a street decorated with Christmas lights.

There are so many reasons why I love the Christmas time! Check out the joy that makes this time of year truly special, from festive traditions to heartwarming moments. Enjoy!

Keep Reading...Show less

A Beginner's Wine Appreciation Course

While I most certainly do not know everything, I feel like I know more than the average 21-year-old about vino, so I wrote this beginner's wine appreciate course to help YOU navigate the wine world and drink like a pro.

White wine being poured into a glass

Keep Reading...Show less
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments