15 People Explain What It Means To Be A Strong Woman

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1. She fights against expectations.

“A strong woman has an awareness of the obstacles in her way and the misogynistic expectations people have for her, but she decides for herself what she wants and works to achieve it. Furthermore, a strong woman is willing to find help or gain strength from supportive friends, family members, and mentors–despite the notion that women should be ‘independent’ and ‘do it all.'”


2. She bounces back.

“A strong woman keeps going on like she has never been hurt, despite having been.”


3. She knows who she is.

“A strong woman is self-aware. She continually tries to overcome her fears, she knows how to control herself, and she is patient no matter the situation. She isn’t afraid to reveal her feelings because we all have them, and she shows hers without caring what other people think.”


4. She is independent, but knows when to ask for help.

“Being a strong woman doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Hell, being a strong man doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Part of me thinks that women feel they have to overcompensate because so many peg them as these fragile, helpless creatures, when many of the women I know are stronger (be it mentally, emotionally, or physically) than many of the men I know.

Being a strong woman in my eyes means you’re someone who is realistic enough to know what you can do, is grounded enough to know when you need a hand, and is confident enough to know you can ask for help without fear of being judged.”


5. She follows her own path.

“A strong woman is someone who follows her own dreams rather than a man.”


6. She is unapologetic about who she is.

“A strong woman works hard, she chases what she believes in, and she does it all for herself. No one else. She loves endlessly and shows appreciation to those around her. Most importantly, she isn’t selfish, and once she makes it, she reaches back to help others.”


7. She’s a fighter.

“A strong woman is a woman who fights for rights she shouldn’t have to fight for.”


8. She’s perseverant.

“A strong woman gets up every time she falls. She pushes forward, even when all odds are against her. She doesn’t let others influence her decisions. She’s resilient.”


9. She is balanced.

“A strong woman knows when to be selfish and when to be selfless, when to follow her head and when to follow her heart. She has a good, stable head on her shoulders, and she knows when to play the hand she’s dealt and when to fold and hope the next one’s better.”


10. She doesn’t let others define her.

“A strong woman is a busy, vibrant, and goal-orientated woman who doesn’t wait for a man to validate her existence.”


11. She is grounded in her faith.

“A strong woman believes in whatever she believes in, and lets that faith guide her every step.”


12. She isn’t afraid to be true to her feelings.

“A strong woman is someone who isn’t afraid to share her opinions and speak her truth. She listens, but she doesn’t allow others problems to bring her down.

She is filled with kindness, generosity, compassion, integrity, a willingness to be vulnerable, and authenticity. No matter what she is true to herself.”


13. She respects herself.

“A strong woman doesn’t let the cattiness of other women bring her down. She has the utmost respect for herself and what she believes in.”


14. She is humble.

“A strong woman is confident, yes. But I think the best way to describe a woman’s strength is a sense of ‘confident humility,’ paired with faith and passion. By ‘confident humility’ I just mean someone that isn’t so humble that she comes across as weak. Rather, someone that can stay confident without getting arrogant.”


15. She loves.

“A strong woman loves inherently, from the time she is a little girl to the day she passes. She is always willing to take care of others. She loves. And never stops loving.” TC mark

Marisa Donnelly

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