The Strength of Women according to legendary Coco Chanel
"Women must tell men always that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful. In truth, women are the strong ones. It is just my opinion, I am not a professor." CoCo Chanel
She endures as the embodiment of classic style, feminine wisdom, and enduring fashion advice. The strength of women to overcome obstacles, has been obvious all throughout history as anyone knows. There are several definitions of strength but I will refer to the business definition:
"The capacity to resist force or pressure."
This definition of a woman's strength is closest to what I believe the savvy businesswoman, Ms. Chanel was getting at with women. We are continually overcoming obstacles of various sorts in our different lives as individual women from various backgrounds, demographics, religions, races, cultures, and even politics.
However, we all have a unifying truth that binds our experiences as women in a world that demands we prove our strengths. I'm not talking about working twice as hard as a man to prove your intellectual worth at the office, although that is the reality for many women, if not all some could argue. I am talking about the truth that we as women have a strength that is unlike that of men.
Women have a strength that men envy. Yes...ENVY.
We are the ones that men seek approval from when they display their strength. We display our strength for ourselves, and that my sisters is the true beauty of being a woman. I'm not saying to hide that strength or shy away from recognition. I'm not talking about false modesty or remaining in the supportive role as the wind beneath someone else's wings.
Being strong for ourselves first is how we elevate not only our own position in life but truly become the inspiration to those we love and respect. This is the strength of women, that we resist the forces in our lives that tell us we can't, or that we are unworthy or that it is too hard, because we absolutely will have to in some cases work twice as hard as men to succeed and show our capabilities. This is the strength of women, that we support one another despite the pressure of our differences and find unity in our true enduring beauty which is our own strength.