• Kaitlyn Viola

The Power of the Modern Woman

In honor of International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8th, women across the globe were honored for their hard work, ambition, and influence in a variety of contexts. Businesses, organizations, and media platforms commended women for their contributions to society as we know it. It is no secret that women have been changing the world as we know it for centuries—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality; Harriet Tubman, a woman born enslaved who freed herself and 300 others; Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist and political icon who aided in her country’s struggle for an independent cultural identity—just to name a few.

But what makes women as a whole so damn powerful?

Perhaps now, more than ever, we’ve begun to recognize our strength and potential as a collective. But the journey has been anything but easy. Despite being vastly outnumbered by men in a variety of social settings, such as government sectors, senior leadership positions, and business executive suites, women persist in making our voices and ideas heard.

Beyond being courageous, independent, self-assured, intuitive, and compassionate, women are constantly reinventing themselves. We adjust and readjust to the many societal tests we face as a collective—being talked over; boundaries overstepped; gaslit; or the all-too-common expectation for a woman to simply “adjust” to a creep in the workplace. Through every misogynistic joke, pushy pursuit, or power play, the power and grace of women remains. We are beautiful, yes, but for our minds. We are valuable not only in our unique shapes and appearances, but in our powerful ideas. We do not need a partner, as we are whole in ourselves. We cannot be pit against one another at the hands of male-driven social expectations as to how we should appear in physique and dress. Instead, we love and uplift one another in the sisterhood that is our identity. We are athletes, doctors, scientists, artists, single mothers, immigrants, environmentalists, musicians, philanthropists, chefs—you name it—but above all, we are resilient. We are united in our cause, and no amount of misogyny can extinguish our fire.

Because, after all, misogyny exists only on the premise that any opinion regarding the existence of women will ever influence the scope of our abilities, which is simply a falsehood. If beauty is currency, then sisterhood is the highest form of wealth.

“Once women find sisterhood, there’s nothing stronger.” - Zoe Kravitz

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