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Women’s History Month Reflection

What being a young woman means to me

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on this month and what being a young woman means to me. Being a young woman comes with its own set of challenges: trying to live up to the beauty standards, worrying about your looks/appearance, feeling unsafe when out in public alone, and facing discrimination. These are just a few of the many challenges that young women face. But I’m not here to focus on the negative, I’m here to focus on the positive. Being a woman is an amazing privilege. It comes with amazing friendships, role models, and strong leaders. 

Womanhood is challenging but rewarding and I’m grateful to be a woman every day. I enjoy the simple things about being a woman like shopping, getting dressed up, and going out with my friends and I also love knowing that I have a strong support system and a shoulder to always lean on when needed. I am inspired by the women who have come before me and I am grateful to have strong female role models like my mother and grandmother who raised me to be a strong, confident, and compassionate person. They are a big part of my life and have shaped me into the young woman I am today. 

Being a young woman, I am grateful that I go to Maryvale, where I am surrounded by amazing girls and teachers every day. I am grateful to be a part of the Maryvale sisterhood and to be a part of such an amazing school. Maryvale has not only helped me academically but also shaped me into a more confident leader and person. As my time at Maryvale is coming to an end, I am grateful for everything that I learned and gained from my four years at Maryvale. I believe going to an all-girls school is special and I am grateful for the amazing teachers and mentors that have shaped me into the person I am today.

As the famous poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once said, “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” This simple yet powerful quote resonates with me and reminds me of why being a woman is so amazing. Although being a woman comes with many ups and downs, it shows us how strong and resilient we are. To the women reading this and to all women out there, you are loved, you are important, and you are strong. Embrace being a woman and take pride in it. Stay true to yourself and don’t let anyone tear you down. You are strong, you are beautiful, and you matter, because you are a woman. 


As mentioned above, I am inspired every day by my mom and grandmother who I admire and consider some of my biggest role models. When writing this reflection, I knew that I wanted to highlight a famous woman who I admire and I immediately thought of artists I listen to. I decided to highlight Adele who is one of my favorite artists. Her music is incredible and she is a great inspiration to all women. Here is some information and interesting facts about Adele. 

Full name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Born: May 5, 1988 in north London, England

Education: BRIT School (for creative and performing arts)

Musical inspirations: Adele liked the music of Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, and Destiny’s Child, but her true, eye-opening moment came when she found a collection of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald records at a local shop when she was 15

Albums: 19, 21, 25, and 30

Popular songs (all #1 on the Billboard Hot 100): “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Hello,” and “Easy on Me.”

Awards and recognitions:

  • Adele sold over 120 million records worldwide.
  • She became the first female artist to have three singles in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously
  • Adele has won a total of 15 Grammy Awards
  • She was named Billboard’s Artist of the Year in 2011 and 2016
  • She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016
  • Adele won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Skyfall.”
  • Her album “21” spent a record-breaking 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart
  • Her album “25” sold over 3.38 million copies in its first week in the United States

Quote: “Be brave and fearless to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for a good reason”


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Addy Demissie, Writer
Hello, my name is Addy and I'm a senior. This is my second year writing for The Monthly Roar and I have enjoyed being a part of the newspaper! I love to be creative and read and my favorite section in the newspaper would be polls or current events/world news.
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