“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”
Virginia Woolf makes an amazing distinction between being an American woman and being a woman. Usually, we think of the terms “women’s rights” and the “feminist movement” only applying to our roles as women in America. The history of fighting for gender equality and suffrage usually only includes its substantial record within the United States. However, women make up the only “minority” group that evades all borders, all cultures, and all boundaries. Women are women everywhere, and are all fighting with the same goal in mind: equality.
Whether that struggle is going on in the United States or the other side of the world, the objective is the same. Her words really made we think of myself as a global citizen, instead of just a US Citizen. I am not just an American woman, but also a woman of the world. I share my pain, my suffering, my happiness, and most importantly, my femininity with women everywhere. They also understand what the idea of a “corporate glass ceiling” is and how debilitating it can be. It is important to recognize this fact not simply for personal reasons. Ultimately, Woolf’s point is so important to us now because we cannot forget that we are not alone. In today’s times, everyone is so connected. We can call someone in Beijing like we are calling someone from another state, even though they are half way around the world. Also, we have instant communication via the internet and chat portals like AIM and Gmail chat.
As a young woman, it is important for you to remember that the troubles you go through every day do not just happen to you, and you can often find comfort in other females your age. You have all common experiences and ambitions, whether it is your next door neighbor or a girl in another country. So, keep this in mind: As a young woman, you have no country either. The whole world is your country, and your community.