While thinking for what I could write for my fellow female travellers on this journey today. What topic to pick , I came across the quote ” A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt.
It triggerred my chain of thought why we call woman strong even though we can also see woman being fragile and docile .If a woman hasn’t learnt the art of self defense she can’t withstand in the fight with a man , then why are we called as strong ? May be because we have the capacity to nurture a baby and carry them for 9 months . So strength is nothing but quality of being strong . Power to resist force . By this logic all the woman are strong since almost all woman have been harmed , exploited or mistreated by men to an extent be it any part of the world while still maintaining the general loving view towards life and people around her . Nuturer in most of the woman is still alive.
But when pages of history will be reopened we will few names written in bold as the woman of strength . let’s explore some names here and see what made them so unique that their names got engraved with gold. With woman known as strong but in different genre. On one hand we have Joan of Arc who was a fighter, soldier and a noble woman and on another hand we have Marilyn Monroe who was the face of epitome of beauty and fantised by all men . If the fantsy was the end result why don’t we know about Lady Godiva . Wait before you say who is she ? She was the one who when provoked by her husband that he will only listen to her when she walks on streets of town naked and did so. She has also shown the courage to do so that in way back twelfth century. Way before Marilyn did so and list her name never appears in the list of strong women. So when we talk about strength , people don’t see and talk strength in average. So when we see lot of skin show in today’s world this is not the mark of the strong woman but it’s way more than what meets the eyes.
It is more of the inner strength and not be compared with men because have different scenarios to deal with and have different needs also . Strong woman builds , supports , love and care . A strong woman is one who is able to reflect on life , guide and protect
With this definition I hope we all choose to be strong woman who support and build each other even scratch each other’s back if required but never to snatch the crown from other person.