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Growing up, I thought I had a pretty good idea what being a woman meant. All the women around me or at least the women I looked up to had a lot in common — they had successful careers, they were married, they were mothers, and they were involved in their communities. Yesterday, I started my day at 5: So I find myself wondering: What exactly does it mean to be a woman?

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Being a woman is more than biology, and maybe it even goes beyond critically looking at gender as a social construct. But in my construction of reality, I choose to hold on to womanhood as sometimes similar but sometimes different from manhood.

But with so many different representations of womanhood, who gets to decide what constitutes womanhood and what it means to be a woman?

I think one of the unfortunate traits of human nature is that we feel a need to categorize people and this is evident in how we categorize women. The list goes on. To me, being a woman, in the first place is being a human and recognizing the complexity that comes with all of that. Being a woman is a recognition of some of the weaknesses that you may be ascribed from birth and the uphill battle you might face in a less than perfect world.

And you might be afraid, but you go beyond that fear to define your womanhood, and not allow somebody else to define it for you. I enjoy being a woman, and I enjoy being the woman I am becoming.

I especially enjoy challenging the notion that I can be put in a box. Some of it admittedly is directly from socio-economic and intellectual privilege and some of it is self-created. I am athletic and intelligent and I like to look good.

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I want to be married and have many children, all the while maintaining my identities as child of God, a daughter, a sister, and a good friend. And though it may need some work, for the most part, and until further notice, I love it.

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