Happy International Women’s Day + 6 Amazing Women Share On Womanhood!

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Hello there! 😀 As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I am thrilled for us to explore this question… What does being a woman mean? And whether you are a man or woman, I reckon we can all learn something from the answers to this question.

Keep reading to see what our 6 amazing women had to say, about what womanhood means to them…

The Experience of Being A Woman… So Different, Yet So Similar.

I knew I wanted to do something for the International Women’s Day on the Blog, but I wasn’t sure what… Then I came upon an article online, where women were sharing their womanhood experiences.. It was so inspiring, and I knew I just had to do it!

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But before I could ask anyone what womanhood means to them, I first had to explore the question for myself… I found that it required of me to pause, really think… And oh how refreshing it is, to consciously define the concept of womanhood for oneself! (I will share my own account at the end, as a bonus.)

In selecting the women to feature, I simply followed my intuition… Then while compiling this post, I was taken aback at how we are all so different, yet so similar. Somehow, I resonated with each woman’s account, almost like reading from the pages of my own life…

This is the beauty of being a woman, I believe. In our varied yet similar experiences, we are one.

It is my hope that as you read these stories on International Women’s Day, you will feel both enlightened and inspired. 🙂

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When did you first/ feel most like a woman? And What does being a woman mean to you?

Irene Mwangangi | HR Practitioner

Well, I can’t really say when I first felt like a woman… But my most memorable time as a woman, was when I got pregnant with my 1st child!

Initially, I didn’t realise I was expecting. Then I started feeling sick in a way I couldn’t explain, and I was not my normally cheerful soul. I went to see a doctor to ensure I didn’t have a bug… And alas, I did have a little luv bug! 😀

Pregnancy is something that only a woman can experience, and it brought to sharp focus of my being that- a woman! I get the opportunity to participate in God’s miracle of carrying & bringing forth life into this world! 

However, I have felt more woman as I’ve matured in age… And being able to speak my mind without fear or expecting everyone to agree with me or even be in my corner, because after all, that is what I know to be true. 

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To me, being a woman is being all what the word ‘love’ encompasses… It’s being powerful without destroying; being firm and focused, because there are many distractions in life.

It is being understanding but not a pushover, vulnerable but kind. And it’s having the ability to affirm myself without fear. It is being a nurturer as well as a pillar of strength, because somehow the world does revolve around women.

Diana Justus, | The Multi-Faceted Doctor, Inspiring Young Girls & Women To Take Up Space

Being a first born, I felt like a woman from quite an early age as I would be left to care for my younger siblings and do some chores around the house.

The ‘Aha moment’ though, came when I got my first menstrual periods… those cramps were such a rude awakening to womanhood! 😀

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Being a woman to me, means power & vulnerability. Power to occupy all spaces and still be vulnerable & soft to inspire young girls & women through my journey.

Wamucii K. | Lover of Life and Beauty 🙂

When asked what it meant to be a woman, I stopped for a second and wondered what to write. Why? Being a woman isn’t just one thing.

Being a woman for me is multi-faceted. One day, each month, I get horrid cramps that almost make me curse at Eve. But tied to this, it’s getting an opportunity to embrace the diversity and beauty that is evident all around us.

It’s getting excited about an ensemble, because the colours give me joy. It is adding beads to my hair, and getting all goofy and calling dear ones to delight in it. 

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Being a woman, for me is getting a special invitation to enjoy and delight in different facets of life. It’s the lens through which I get to view all of life, and get a chance every now and then stop and smell the flowers. 🙂

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Tabitha Muia | Limitless

In February 2023, I travelled to Tanzania from Kenya to participate in the Kilimanjaro Marathon. On the eve of the marathon, after I’d picked up my kit, I walked around to get familiar with the venue. Two men who were setting up the venue stopped their activity- of lifting and moving long metallic rods- to allow me to cross over.

One of them said out loud: ‘Chunga Maua ambayo tulipewa na Mungu, usimuumize’ (Be mindful of the flower we were given by God, do not hurt her). I was amazed at how the men viewed me as a woman; I felt appreciated, cared for and recognised.

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I first felt like a woman when I completed high school and I started getting attention from men. Time and again, I would receive warnings from my parents, not to entertain men’s company. My brothers, however, did not get the same warning.

Being a woman means I am equipped with multiple gifts: intuitive, nurturing and influential and yet easily overlooked.

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Wivine: Travel and Life Lover 

If I’m honest with myself, I’ve only been feeling more like a woman in the past 5 years or so. My definition of being a woman, from childhood till now, has shifted. As I age, I am becoming more confident in my womanhood.

In my teenage years, I associated being a woman with natural biological changes: getting breasts, first period etc. It was acceptable and enough for me at that stage.

In my 20’s I leaned more on gender roles assigned by society to feel like a woman: being a caregiver, giving birth, cooking, cleaning etc. 

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Ultimately, I felt lost in my womanhood, having to wear so many conflicting hats.

In my 30’s, came the expectations that a woman should be submissive, yet assertive. Strong and independent, but still fragile enough to be rescued by men… A homemaker, but still bring home the bacon… Have confidence in oneself, but not too much as to appear arrogant or aggressive…

Be empathetic but not weak, or you’d be taken advantage of. Fight for equality, but still maintain your femininity… Have specific physical attributes to be considered beautiful… Love yourself but not too much, or you’d be perceived as self-centered.

I could go on for days! I felt conflicted on the inside, trying to keep up with maintaining the acceptable image for a woman. 

When did the shift happen…?

It all shifted in my late 30’s to early 40’s. I came into my own after a series of personal, unfortunate events.

These challenges forced me to look within and find my authenticity… To accept myself as I am, not who I should be- based on some culturally-assigned roles or definitions.

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I stopped looking for outside validation, and learned to embrace all of me. My internal love and acceptance flowed outward, thus changing my perspective on being a woman.

Now, I define a woman as being comfortable in my body and authentic to myself. It is an acceptance of all I’ve endured and overcome, to make me the person I am today.

Being a woman is a versatile experience; embracing both my feminine and masculine energy. I love being in my body, feeling alive, beautiful, yet strong enough to take care of myself and others.  

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Mwende Ngao | Writer and Founder of Zeda

I think that is a big question but I’ll try my best to answer it… I held a Galentine’s Day event in February. And during the event, there was so much joy, sharing and laughter that I really felt so strongly bonded to the women who were there. 

I kept thinking how wonderful it is to be a woman, and how wonderful it is to be able to share so much joy with other women. 

This happens every time I am in a space with just women. Even if it’s just me and my best friend. That energy of a calm satisfaction, that I get to be a woman. 

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It’s strange but I felt like a girl for a long time. Even when I became an adult. It was when I turned 30, that I started to feel like a grownup and started to feel comfortable being referred to and referring to myself as a woman.

Being a woman to me, means: Divine love.

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Bonus: So, what does womanhood mean to me?

Though I can’t recall when I first felt like a woman, I remember some profound moments when I felt real freedom in my womanhood.

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One time that stands out for me, was when I completely cut off all my hair, in 2021. It was the 1st time I’d ever seen myself without any hair… you know- my bare, bald scalp! It was both surprising and liberating! 😀

I honestly felt such pure love, joy and admiration for myself. I remember getting some stunned stares at the salon, as each lock of hair fell off. But it didn’t matter what anyone else thought… I was doing something brave, that was just for me. I remember feeling so beautiful, in my most bare self. And that’s a feeling I will treasure forever.

To me, being a woman means I get to treat myself with love, kindness and respect. Hence, before anyone else can, the responsibility lies with me first. It means consistently honouring my preferences.

Being a woman means feeling secure in my identity as God’s beloved child. What He says about me trumps the world’s definitions. 

It means celebrating all of me; loving & accepting my shadows and the light, alike.

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Being a woman means uplifting and advocating for fellow women. It means taking up space in whatever capacity we choose to live/work/exist. 

I believe that every woman has worth, regardless of our station in life. So, as we celebrate the International Women’s Day let us consistently uphold and uplift and each other.

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Thank you for reading! I hope you feel inspired by our International Women’s day post, and these remarkable women’s stories.

I would love to hear from you: what does being a woman mean to you? And to the men, what does it mean to you, to have the women in your life: mother, sister, wife, friend? Leave a comment down below and I’ll be sure to respond!

See you on the next one and Happy International Women’s Day! 🙂

<< Stay. Inspired. Always >>

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Judy Monda
    March 11, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you so much Marion for this thoughtful edition. Being a Christian woman takes me back to Genesis 1:26-27
    1) I bear the image of God.
    2) God created me to rule over his creation.
    3) I have unique abilities and gifts to use for God’s glory.
    4) I have intrinsic value, honor and dignity.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 12, 2024 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Judy, thank you so much for reading! And thank you for sharing what being a woman means to you! How so encouraging and affirming! 😀

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    Neema
    March 9, 2024 at 6:59 am

    Loved every bit of this lovely piece. I reasonated with every sharing, eliciting wonderful emotions-of being a woman.
    I felt built up, inspired and prompted to keep embracing my womanhood.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 12, 2024 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you for reading Neema. It’s refreshing to hear that you resonated with the women’s contributions- and felt inspired in your own journey. Keep going! 😀

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    Patricia
    March 8, 2024 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks Marx it’s really inspiring to read from all these beautiful women what it means to them to be a Woman. Indeed It’s great to be a woman
    Happy international women’s day

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 12, 2024 at 2:24 pm

      Aw thank you for reading Pati. I appreciate it! And I am glad to read your feedback on the post! You are an amazing woman and I am always truly so inspired by you! 😀

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    Brian
    March 8, 2024 at 10:20 pm

    Wow. Awesome blog. Women are masterpieces from God. Y’all make the world to be amazing and complete.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 12, 2024 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you for reading Brian! And I couldn’t agree more- women are God’s special creation!

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    Wivine
    March 8, 2024 at 9:14 pm

    This was so inspiring to read, thank you for curating this and continue to build a community of women to support each other.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 8, 2024 at 9:46 pm

      I love and appreciate how you all shared your story with such vulnerability- thank you!! And cheers to us, and this growing community of supportive women

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    Ule Msee Wa B4
    March 8, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day to all the women of this universe, great read and compilation.

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    Myles
    March 8, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    Happy International Women’s day to you Marion and all the ladies. We love you and appreciate you.

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    Esther
    March 8, 2024 at 11:57 am

    Happy International Women’s Day.
    First of all, the beauty- wow! Such inspiring stories- women are just out of this world!! Thank you for putting this together, Marion. The questions you asked seem so simple but they are in fact really deep.
    I love everything about being a woman, I see how nurturing I can be, how soft and perceiving. I hope we can keep building each other and supporting one another instead of tearing each other down. We are all on the same team <3

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 8, 2024 at 11:59 am

      Beautifully said Esther! I love it and couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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    Birgitah Bosih
    March 8, 2024 at 11:20 am

    Happy international women’s day to you as well!!!
    Love love the different versions of what being a woman means to different women. I guess I’m still in the space of trying to find out what that means to and for me, and what space I’m occupying or meant to occupy in this world as a woman and a strong woman at that.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 8, 2024 at 11:27 am

      Thank you BG!! I love that you are in that space where you get to define for yourself what being a woman looks like- it really is a never ending journey!
      Cheers to taking up space!

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    Muthonis world
    March 8, 2024 at 11:15 am

    Your blogs are always (looking forward to next read for me) great.
    Being a woman for me means I can be strong, powerful and at the same time the little girl who gets excited when love is shown and given.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 8, 2024 at 11:26 am

      Thank you so much for reading! And for the support!! I appreciate it!!
      I love that!! Thanks for sharing

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    Faith G
    March 8, 2024 at 10:10 am

    Beautiful read

    Being a woman for me is about embracing all I am unapologetically

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      March 8, 2024 at 10:20 am

      Thank you for reading Faith! I love love it!! Happy International Women’s Day lady!!

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