Understanding Women in Today’s World
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Do you feel it’s easy understanding women or you find doing so an uphill task? If you are a man, I guess your answer will be – it’s tough to understand women – isn’t it?
Some would say understanding women remains a mystery, though I feel women are understandable and undeniably the foundation of the world.
Women are for sure changing roles and evolving, or rather, re-discovering themselves. It is bound to create some misunderstandings and confusion in everybody.
Gone are the days when a woman was supposed to be less than a man.
Women in today’s world are a paragon of total independence. Well, I don’t deny that there are exceptions of women who are still facing the harshness of life.
Would you believe in some parts of the world women are still considered as lesser human beings, and more to be as things or objects?
The sad reality of many women around the globe today includes domestic violence, honor killing, prostitution, rape, degradation, and verbal abuse to name a few.
But this fact cannot be ignored that things and people have changed with time, and so have women. Globally, women now strive and achieve real success, just like men.
Well then, what’s the new face of today’s woman! To know the answer you need to focus on understanding women and their life.
The New Face of Today’s Woman
In ancient civilizations, women were considered as deities or goddesses. Ironically, in those same places women are being mistreated and disrespected.
However, today’s woman can now lift her veil and see her real face in the mirror of society. She deserves a prominent place and respect for what she is, and what she does.
The fact is, without women, men will cease to exist. With a woman’s support, a man feels incomplete. Without a woman’s intuition, a man’s intellect lacks insight.
Women should be loved; but they’re no objects. They also need to be understood as well.
“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Today’s woman is the new superpower rising in the world, taking on the path of evolution. The new face of women is promising.
She is the lifeline of this Universe because she is bestowed with the ability to carry a life within her, which isn’t the case with men.
A woman is full of beauty, grace, love, care, simplicity, concern, tenderness, which is part of her nature. She is quick to change her role, and is always happy to share responsibilities.
She is forever multitasking as she plays the role of being a daughter, mother, sister, friend, wife, and grandmother.
However, today’s woman is even willing to work alongside men if she wants, or if it’s required!
With International Women’s Day coming up on 8th March, I thought being a woman myself; I should let people know that it’s not as hard as you think to understand women after all.
No one is perfect, but what steps a woman can take to nurture the perfect woman within is something I had written about last year. Hope you head over and read the article.
This post is about understanding women and her role in today’s world, and is meant for every woman because all of them are perfect in their own ways. Yes, for men too, as they have women in their lives.
“Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.” ~ Samuel Johnson
Who Decides What a Woman Does
Not only does a woman play multiple roles, but she also has diversified interests, multifarious skills and talents – that she’s no less than a superwoman today!
That was my personal opinion. I would like to have yours.
Okay, in your bid to understand today’s women I’ll make it easier for you; let me ask you a few questions that should get you thinking.
Should a woman always remain silent, only be a homemaker, bear kids and look after them? Will a career make her happy and provide her with a personal identity she seeks?
Can a woman be a wife, mother, and run a career as well? Should her career come first, followed by marriage, or should marriage be a priority over career?
Should she have kids or not, or she should concentrate only on her career?
Isn’t there so much confusion today about how women should order their life to gain fulfillment and satisfaction? Who decides what she does in today’s world? Shouldn’t it be the woman herself?
Except in some dark parts of today’s world, women decide for themselves about who they’ll be, what they’ll do, and how they’ll live their lives.
Why leave anybody in the dark? Every woman on Earth should be able to decide for herself and have a new face to her identity.
“Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.” ~ Charlotte Bunch
Understanding Women Today
There are many layers to understanding women that you need to unfold before you really get to know her. You need to get to the bottom – the core – of what makes a woman really tick.
It’s like the Russian nesting dolls, also called the Matryoshka Dolls, where you open one up, and you have a smaller one inside, and then a still smaller one inside, and yet another one inside of that one!
Women have lots of potential and power, but yes, sometimes understanding women is tough.
That’s because women are forever struggling within with the conflict between their true nature, and what they have been taught about themselves.
More than men, I believe women are the victims of the rules laid down by our society, which we’ve lived by for millenniums.
The true nature of women in today’s world is that they are equal to men in all aspects. However, many women are brainwashed ever since childhood to behave differently.
They are taught to suppress their needs, and their internal conflict often leads to difficult, irrational, unpredictable behavior, and mental problems.
Women need to understand that it’s not about breaking social taboos, but about being themselves. She has to fight to live her own life.
Today’s woman has arisen, opened her eyes, and understood her real self.
“One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
Understanding Women’s Role Today
Women’s role in society has changed a lot from what it was a century ago due to feminism.
More women are moving out of their houses to work, and more percentage of them are graduating from colleges as compared to men. They’re reaching top levels, and their salaries have increased!
They aren’t just housewives and mothers, but career women, executives, Prime Ministers, and Presidents of nations.
Women are financially liberated, self-sufficient, and are now very picky about their life partner.
If she does get married and things don’t work out, she knows that it’s easier now to get a divorce and move away rather than stay in such a marriage and suffer.
She knows how she can find her own share of happiness without being dependent on anyone.
While a man today fights to keep his loved one, the woman thinks ahead about where she wants to be 10 years from now!
She might want to be settled with a family and kids. But more likely, she would want to be a powerful career woman, or be able to manage both fronts.
Men have been raised since the beginning to feel like they are the breadwinners, but the modern women fails to understand this.
“Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.” ~ Bella Abzug
Problems that Women Face
The problem that women face today is that they are expected to multitask.
They are expected to raise a family, look after kids, clean the house, and do all other odd jobs! And yet, they’re expected to contribute to the family income.
They even suffer emotionally as they have to leave their small kids at home, and stay out for long hours pursuing their careers and jobs.
Hats-off to all those single Moms who are doing everything on their own – single-handedly.
The pressure to cope up with all these roles can result in anxiety, depression, stress, and a loss of self-worth.
However, with changing times it’s expected out of men to contribute and help the women, especially when they are married and looking after their kids and family.
But sadly, in some places men are unsupportive and not bothered. They prefer doing what they feel or find is best, and wouldn’t care less for their wife or kids – leaving the poor woman to handle things.
The changing role of Women today is mainly due to education, poverty, and the responsibility of her home and family.
More women are poor as compared to men, as per surveys. It’s because of poverty that women have now started to move out, find a job, and earn for herself and her family.
Women today are as educated as men in most countries, so they feel they have a right to similar jobs and attain the same levels as men.
This has led them to move out and seek jobs, just like, or even better than men.
Initially men objected to women going out and working or pursuing their career outside home. They still do at some places!
However, with the growing needs and less of money, they had no way other than to accept and adjust.
Most women today have started working. That’s because their husbands can’t or don’t work anymore, or because they are widows and separated.
Also, because she wants to contribute and earn as her husband’s income isn’t enough to support the family.
“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
However, that’s what makes me proud to be a woman – I’m capable of doing everything that perhaps a man cannot do. And, I feel its pure bliss being a woman – wouldn’t you agree, being a woman?
For men, I’m sure you too agree with all that I mentioned above; after all you all have a woman of substance in your life, whether she is your mother, sister, wife, friend, or granny!
It’s not difficult understanding women in today’s world. Just consider them as equals, give respect and love, and the rest will be easy.
Women have evolved today. They’ve searched, found, and liberated themselves. If you’re a woman and have found your freedom, go help abolish injustice against women and help others like you feel the free air!
So, here’s rejoicing to womanhood with one and all. 🙂
Over to you –
If you are a woman, what does it mean to be a woman to you? For others, how do you define a woman? Do you feel that understanding women in today’s world is possible? How do yo feel about the new face of today’s women? Share below.
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