Hey all ladies! This is a tribute to all of us from me. Hope you all like it. To begin with, a girl child’s struggle against many a social odds since the moment she is born in India is no more a secret. We cannot but empathize with the humiliation of a victim of being teased in public, the anguish of women forced to give up education and career for the sake of marriage, and, the prejudice and discrimination they continue to experience despite progressive laws that, however, exist only on paper. The concept of gender equality needs to be re-evaluated and reinterpreted. Gender parity has been reduced to a cliché. It has become so banal on account of overuse that we don’t pause to ask what it really means. It is a well-known fact that men and women can never be perfect equals. Nature never intended them to. Men cannot do all that what women are capable of, women cannot perform that what men do. Women are the gentle sex, not the weaker sex as it is commonly understood. Grace and beauty are typically feminine attributes just as physical prowess is a manly quality. A role reversal is neither possible nor desirable. What is necessary is the mutual appreciation of roles – a partnership which is not constrained by notions of superiority or inferiority, but one that takes into account the inherent strength, weaknesses and limitations that nature has imposed upon the two. The husband is the head of the family, the wife is the neck, and the head turns from the neck or the neck turns the head. A woman may be slow like a tortoise in many ways before a man but if they master in their own fields they too can be winners. Having said this, God created women with a very special task of procreation, unlike men. Motherhood is a glorious privilege that has been denied to the menfolk. This life-creating quality alone is enough to make society, in general, and men, in particular, to treat women with respect and reverence because nation-building begets from a woman. In a nutshell, the point is, that we should not pin our blames on our physical weakness and continue to lead a defeated life, but intend to take up strong discipline and a positive stand to fulfill our purpose and meaning as a “WOMAN”. Lastly, I would urge all you ladies out there to keep these lines from the poem ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou : “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with you hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise” PROUD TO BE A WOMAN! ———— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This article is written by Sargam Kumar.