What Being A Woman Means To Me
What Being A Woman Means To Me
To celebrate International Women’s Day, I feel it's a good time to write about what that means for myself.
Being a woman means so many things. We are capable of more than we know. We are strong, beautiful, honest, caring and so much more.
Since I was 17 years old I have been in a male dominated career. I'm coming up to 5 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and though it has been challenging at times, I can say that it has helped me immensely to grow as a person.
I found it hard in the beginning, feeling useless at virtually everything compared to my male counterparts. From long hikes with 30kg packs on, to engineering; I felt like I was never fit enough or smart enough compared to my male colleagues. My first year in the service was the hardest, but because of that I remember feeling so determined to be better in all aspects of my job.
I pushed past the hopelessness and pushed even harder to further develop myself. From my first few days in May 2013, to where I am now I've bettered myself not only in my fitness (being able to now even beat some men!) but also in my mentality. I'm stronger, more motivated, and I take every opportunity that comes my way. I am a part of an industry that wants women to excel in all fields.
We are one of two organisations in New Zealand to have a seuxal ethics and respectful relationships programme in place and I've been able to educate members of the Defence Force on the importance of such topics. Knowing I work in an organisation where topics like this are of high importance makes me so proud to be a woman in today's society.
Women are doing amazing things in all fields. A few months ago, New Zealand voted in Jacinda Adern as our Prime Minister. This a huge achievement for women in New Zealand, being our third woman in power. It shows us that we are capable of anything and able to make change for the better.
We have incredible female role models all over the world, influencing young women to work hard and achieve their dreams, such as Malala Yousafzai, J.K. Rowling, Serena Williams and Emma Watson.
There's no end to what we can achieve as we continue to gain equal rights with our males counterparts. Dream big, work hard, stay positive and continue to inspire women all around the world, whatever you are doing. There's always someone who will appreciate your hard work, and be inspired by your actions.
All women should be proud because we've come so far from where we used to be, not being able to vote, or work, or express ourselves. We now have women as leaders of Parliament, as CEO's of huge companies and being whoever they want to be. All this has happened over the past century and there are more amazing things happening everyday. If we've made it this far, imagine where we can go from here.
If you've made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I hope it inspires you to keep working hard and know that the possibilities are endless.