The Essence of a Woman

Non-fiction Mar 13, 2021

Ever since the dawn of civilization, man has shown his dominance over women by sheer magnitude of his physical prowess. It is because of this, inhibitive customs such as dowry, ‘pardah’ system and sati developed in our country which was a sheer manifestation. She was denied equal rights but now she can match strides with her male counterparts in all fields.

Women have developed the skill of multi-tasking. They have learnt to play the role of a mother, wife, home keeper and balance her work life alongside. One of the best examples in my opinion is my mother. She has managed her workplace, simultaneously held the house together and during school days helped me in my academic work.

Women I feel, are emotionally stronger than men and can handle almost any job assigned to them even if they are away from their family or going through some difficult phase in their work or home life. Many women have matched strides with men in defence, aviation, and space. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams are some of the few women who reached great heights. They have excelled in their respective fields, set a great example and given inspiration to many women.

Participation of women also increased in politics since independence. Sarojini Naidu, the first woman Governor of a state, encouraged many women in our country. Indira Gandhi, the first woman Prime Minister of India, gave the country a global recognition. Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman some of the current political leaders in our country are also an inspiration to the youth and the millennials.

Sports such as cricket, football, tennis, badminton, and many more were considered an exclusive domain of men but the participation of women in various sports has increased considerably. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, Indian badminton players bagged the Bronze and Silver medal in 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively. It is because of this India is gaining popularity through this sport.

At the same time essence of a woman does include beauty but it does not mean “the size zero” figure. It should be measured more by her beauty within; how beautiful her soul is. Beauty is an essence that dwells in every woman. A woman can be fat, slim, rounded but that does not make her objectifiable. I am often taunted by many for being so thin. When I go for an evening walk, people rebuke me saying that I don’t need to get “slimmer”. Just because I am slim, it does not mean I cannot go occasionally for a walk or follow a workout regime.

A modern woman today is one who can have it all – a successful career, a loving marriage and family and be financially independent. So, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world’. Thus, as a mother she inculcates spiritual and moral values in the child. Outside home, she modules the destiny of other children as a teacher, counsellor, and guide.

Ishika Chokshi

DJ Lit Editorial Co-Committe member

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