By Lauren Jeu
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Behind the Madness, beyond the shamrocks and Guinness, there is a day in March that celebrates women. Each year, on March 8th, we honor International Women’s Day and the entire month of March is Women’s History Month. Personally, I believe we should celebrate womanhood every day of the year, but it is comforting to know that there is a special place on the calendar just for us. One of my favorite quotes is “Behind every successful woman is herself.” I say this quote to myself whenever I feel as if the world is against me.
In my view, being a woman means being unapologetically myself. To know that I am allowed to feel emotional or vulnerable without being seen as weak. I am a woman. I am a woman of color. I cannot exist without both of these facets of my identity. Together, they make me stronger and make me fight harder for equality. I had the absolute pleasure and privilege to work with these beautiful and amazing women for this piece. May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them up!
Sandra Quiroz, Psychology
“I take great personal pride in that I am able to bring life into the world; that for me, is the most amazing facet of womanhood.”
Gabriela M. Morales Medina, English Corporate Communications
“Womanhood is but a social construct… What it is, really, is an acknowledgment that no woman’s experience is
comparable nor superior to another.”
Jordan Douglas, Coordinator of Dual Enrollment, Summer School, and Telecounseling
“Every day, I get to fight the idea that we can be ‘put into a corner;’ those preconceived notions that there is a way we should dress, act, or even what to do with our bodies. Working with young ladies on the cusp of womanhood, I get to emphasize that they need not “go the way of the world,” but instead should chart their own courses.”
Maya Freeman, English Corporate Communications
“Women accomplish the unseen daily! Womanhood comes with segregation, preconceived bias, and obstacles that originate from many male perspectives… Regardless of these challenges, being a woman of color is rewarding
because of our legacy of all-around excellence.”
Rachel Spiers, English Corporate Communications
“Womanhood doesn’t have a single definition. I always have persons telling me I have to be a good mother, daughter, sister, and that I have to be “good” at each of those… Womanhood isn’t about fulfilling all the roles placed upon you, it’s about finding what makes you feel empowered and not allowing anyone stop you from achieving your own happiness.”
Alani Lee, History
“I define womanhood as I do strength. To be a woman is to be powerful, influential, and capable of withstanding any force… and doing so with intelligence and grace.”
Justin Bowles, Assistant Director for Student Support
"Being a woman means not waiting for someone else to be my hero. Being the woman I want to be also means not comparing myself to other women, insofar as what they’ve accomplished and what I haven’t, but looking to other women for inspiration. Being a woman means I can be proud of what I’ve accomplished, happy with who I am and support my sisters’ successes!"
Lauren Jeu is the creative editor for The Galleon and a major in Natural Science with minors in Visual Arts and Graphic Design at Christian Brothers University. Anthony Maranise assisted with this piece.