By Edith Berko
Womanhood – the art of being a woman is not simple but all the while very simple. After searching high and low on what this word can possibly mean, I finally settled on “the journey of being a mature female”. This journey isn’t always easy especially when you are just at the beginning of it. In this short article, we will only scratch the surface of womanhood as a black twenty something and the power of knowledge as we step into our unique journeys of womanhood.
What is womanhood?
It is when a female reaches a certain level of maturity and have responsibilities in life that they cannot abandon such as bills, children, a spouse, caregiver of elderly parents and many other various life experiences qualifies you into this category. Please note, you don’t have to check all the boxes to qualify. However, there is one important thing that you need to have to be in the running. To be womanly is to be knowledgeable; knowledgeable in everything and more. There is great power in knowledge. It is good to know how to cook a mean meal. It is good to know how to dress your body elegantly. It is good to know how to beat your face flawlessly. However, it is great when you know how to hold a life changing conversation, have a hobby you are so passionate about, be a change in the world. As Patricia Bright said, “Don’t be someone who knows nothing about nothing.” There is great power in knowledge and a woman finds her power and uses it wisely.
Stepping into This Journey
Every woman in their own way is unique and special. We are speaking beyond our bodily curves and the makeup we wear. This speaks in the sense of our ability to express ourselves and how we do it in our own individual way such as in writing, clothes, art, and music. As ladies in our 20’s getting ready to embark on this journey of womanhood it is important to take the time to define the following: who you want to be, who you are, what you stand for and what are you willing to take and not take. Once this is clear cut in your head and possible even on paper then you are on the right path.
Where to Gain Knowledge
There is a lot to gain knowledge about. One important place to begin is yourself. To be a woman is to know yourself from the inside out. Stay committed to your own personal development with the aim of being a better person every day. This is how you empower yourself. A good way to do this is attend personal development workshops and classes. Find an aspect of yourself you want to work on and search for the related help. Most of the time it will be in books and free resources available online.
Below are a few resources (some famous and some not so famous) and a list of different aspects that can be delved into in order to help one embrace womanhood. Remember knowledge is power so get empowered.
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PODCASTS and WEBSITES:
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by by Jen Sincero
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay
What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life by Debrena Jackson Gandy
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris
Fervent by Pricilla Shire
Don’t be afraid to also share your resources in the comments section below in order to help other women on their journey as well.