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A woman in 2021

I love being a woman.

But sometimes being a woman is difficult. It has its challenges. I feel the pressure to be beautiful. It’s almost as if my value is linked to my femininity. I wish I could say that beauty standards don’t affect me, but even in 2021, I’m jealous of these women on Instagram who seem to come straight out of magazines. Still in 2021, I get called out on the street by men, even when I’m wearing a big winter coat, wrapped in three layers of wool. Being a woman often means going from beautiful to ugly if you ever refuse a man’s advances. Still in 2021, I’m afraid to walk the streets alone at night or be interested in a man who may turn out to be bad. Being a woman then or now is to run the risk of not being believed when we denounce inappropriate acts towards us, to the point when we may start doubting ourselves.

Being a woman is a lot easier than it was in 1881, but being a woman in 2021 still brings its share of challenges. Our condition has evolved and the problems are still present day and are hidden. Before the 1960s, women in Quebec did not have financial autonomy. Today we are independent, but there is still a disparity in salaries according to gender. Our independence has brought us the right to vote, more equality in the separation of household chores, and our involvement in politics, which was not acquired before.