Stand Up Women


Ever since the beginning of time, women have had a nasty reputation that their place is below any and all men.  Women are inferior mentally and physically.  They are beings dominated by their emotions causing them to be unstable, conniving, and untrustworthy.  Women have always been perceived as undeserving of equality in terms of respect, recognition, and rights.  It is because of women that mankind was banned from paradise and it is because of women that the demise of men even exists.  Because of these deeply engrained archaic ideas that girls grow up feeling inferior, being more passive, and adhering to gender roles placed upon them.  Girls are meant to play with Barbies, should aspire to be nurses, and need to know how to keep a home together. 

Although I myself played with Barbies and I agree that women should be able to keep a home together, I also believe that girls should be able to play soldier if they want to and that every independent adult should be responsible for their home.  It is not simply a woman’s role to raise a child, cook a meal, and be an assistant.  Just as there are passive and dominant men, there are also passive and dominant women and these women shouldn’t be stifled because of their gender.

I’m thankful and proud to be living in a much more progressive era where women can vote, work, go to school, and live independently if they have to; however, that doesn’t mean I see no more room for improvement.  Women are still looked at by many as pieces of meat, trophy wives, and dimwitted sidekicks.  There are still too many incidents where women are judged and criticized for not fearing their sexuality or are dismissed when attempting to assume a leadership role in their careers.  I have witnessed one too many occasions where men blatantly disrespect women, including their own wives and family members, only because they believe they have the right to do so.  There is still too much misogyny, stereotypes live on, and stigmas need to be broken in order for real progress to occur.

I applaud the women who are stepping up and breaking boundaries in our society.  The female presidents, the female entrepreneurs, and the female college graduates.  However, I also urge other women to make their voice be heard.  Don’t stop at being good enough and don’t settle for what you think will make your man happy.  Strive for excellence and greatness.  Empower yourself enough to do things that haven’t been done before. 

In my personal group of girlfriends, I know each and every woman is capable of being independently great, whether it’s as a college graduate, music producer, entrepreneur, doctor, revolutionary, or even president.  I know my girlfriends first hand.  Yes, they are beautiful, caring, classy, and everything a woman is believed to be, but they are also intelligent, ambitious, hardworking, and strong-willed.  They are the women of this generation who will pave the way for future generations.  They are the women who will continue to change the identity of the ideal woman.  They are the women who will prove that we are equal to men.  They are women.

So, on this day, which celebrates women everywhere, think about the role women play in this world.  Maybe Eve is guilty of Adam taking a bite from the apple, but it is also because of women that we are all here today.  Maybe women were created from a man’s rib, but every man came from a woman and that is fact.  Women stand up and remember that.  If women are capable of bearing children and giving life, then what aren’t we capable of?


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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