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What Does it Mean to be a Strong Woman?

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

I must say, in the day and age we live in, we are surrounded by strong women, and I love it. I look at most of the lead roles these days in all the blockbusters, and they’re women!

Take a look at The Hunger Games, Divergent, and now Wonder Woman. These movies all cast women in a light where they are not these wimpy little damsels in distress, but strong and capable women who can take care of themselves.

I have the honour of working out with strong women, who not only lift heavy, but also cheer me on to finish the gruelling workout we’re completing that day!

The days of getting stepped on, squished down, shut down, told to be quiet, seem like they’re coming to an end.

You and I as women have something valuable to offer this world, and it doesn’t mean that we only stand in the corner with a dress on, smiling, and pretending to be happy. I believe that God created us to speak out, but maybe not in the way that is being portrayed right now by the world.

When feminists speak, they have some very compelling arguments, but the driving force behind their words is skewed. Feminists think that women should be equal to men. I don’t.

Before you rise up and yell at me, hear me out. Women and men were created by a loving God who had a purpose for each sex! We are not equal. We are different and that is a good thing. Women are not supposed to be men! Men have an incredible role to play in this world, AS do women! We each need to shine our light with the gifts that we have been given, whether we are male or female.

So what defines a woman as a strong woman? Is it just her physical strength? Is it how much weight she can lift and how far and fast she can run? This may be a part of it, but only a part.

A strong woman is one who cares for herself, making sure she is fit and strong for the task ahead. But just as important, she doesn’t stop with taking care of herself.

She is a woman who cares for others, and she sees others in their struggle or pain and steps in to do something about it. Even if that means offering a hug, a sweater, a hot meal, or child care for an hour. She is compassionate in her own regard.

A strong woman does the best she can with what she has. She doesn’t try to pretend to be someone else, live someone else’s life, or compete with others.

She is a woman who listens, not one who bullies her way into a conversation just so she can be heard.

She doesn’t belittle people, including men, but rather she lifts up people around her and knows that there is more than enough to go around.

This is a strong woman!

Proverbs 31 shares all the beautiful attributes of a strong woman. “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

This type of strong woman; may be know them, may we raise them, and may we be them.

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