Scrolling through my timeline, I came across a few memes and I thought to myself, is this what the world anticipates from a woman?

A man has 2 legs, 2 hands, 2 ears, 2 eyes, 1 nose and lips. So does a woman. The hardest part about being a woman is asking the world for the right to be treated equally as men. They expect a keen, beautiful young lady who can cook. Many people believe we’re supposed to wake up and slap on a huge amount of make-up and dress revealingly simply to get recognized. Although this sometimes might happen, it doesn’t apply to many of us. We like playing sports and we don’t whine when our nails break or hair gets spoiled. We like knowing about the latest technology and we play video games in our spare time. We don’t wear dresses all the time; we have baggy pant moments too. Sometimes food isn’t cooked well and we fancy our jobs.

‘You do it like a girl’ are common insults we all have heard or said at one point of our lives.  I believe it isn’t an insult, it’s a pride.

Why? Because…

We are women of substance – A woman of substance is a woman of power, a woman of positive impact and a woman with importance. We don’t permit feedback and weight of public opinion to influence us and we believe in being different; and being different defines beauty.

We are women of passion – We are not hesitant to contend and win on physical field, in the exercise center, or on the ice. We can stand up for someone who is in a tough situation. We are primed to battle with the ones who talk against females and show that they are the wrong ones.

We are women of bold – We aren’t terrified of the rapist rather we are the survivors. We have a tendency to spread mindfulness and help different exploited people. We tell our society, we won’t sit home and holler yet rather rebuff the evil ones.

If you still disagree…here are some well known successful women:

Business

Sheryl Sandberg was named to the social networks board of directors in June.

Indra Nooyi is the CEO and chair of PepsiCo has earned a top-20 spot on the list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women since 2006.

Entertainment

Anne Sweeney- is a Co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

Oprah Winfrey is a Chairman, CEO and chief creative officer of Oprah Winfrey Network.

Politics

Angela Merkel is a Chancellor in Germany (Rank on 2011 Most Powerful Women list: 1)

Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil  (Rank on 2011 Most Powerful Women list: 3)

Sports

Paula Creamer is a Golf player – She has 11 professional wins under her belt, with 9 wins in the LPGA Tour and 2 wins in the LPGA of Japan Tour. She has also won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.

Maria Sharapova is a tennis player – She has won 29 WTA and four IFT singles titles. She has won all four Grand Slam titles; that includes winning Wimbledon in 2004 as well as the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open titles. She also has been ranked World No. 1 in singles on five different occasions.

Lastly, the most important person in everyone’s life must be their mother. They carry us in their womb for nine months without complaining about all the pain they have been through. We give all our love and respect to our mother. Who is a mother? She is a woman!

In my opinion, the truth is we should all stop expecting women to be in a certain way. If we look different doesn’t mean we have to be treated differently. We could be hard-working if we wish to, we could build muscles, we could be engineers and scientists, and we could drive a sports car. Yes I will do my hair, dress nicely, wear make-up and cook but not because you want me to, but because I enjoy doing it for myself.

Yes, I am a woman and I am proud.