Welcome to the Contemporary African Woman Blog! I am very excited to be finally publishing the very first post and look forward to inspiring African women of all ages and walks of life thru this platform. CAW was built to empower African women around the world through the experiences of fellow women. We strive to draw inspiration from others to build ourselves within ourselves. With captivating online content and events, the goal is to inspire, inform, and empower young women worldwide.
The very first post will be dedicated to defining a Contemporary African Woman. On several platforms, I asked both male and female, their description of a CAW. Below are some of the responses I received.
“A modern African woman can rock her natural hair in whatever setting, and pull it off with an elegance that still allows her to sit at the table of the corporate boardroom. African women are some of the best self made entrepreneurs I know, and I’m not even sure that’s a modern development. Somehow I feel like African women have always been among the most industrious.”
“A contemporary African woman is one who is educated and presented with multiple choices. Based on her choices, she is able to make an educated decisions on how she wants to live her life.”
“When I think of the modern African woman, as opposed to the traditional, I think of a woman who can balance two worlds. The traditional demands and expectations of finding a husband (or having a husband find her), rearing children, and representing her family well in society. This world is contrasted with the modern world where she too is expected to contribute financially, be independent, own her own sexuality and represent herself with her career and business ventures. I think modern feminism and attitudes have allowed for these African women to choose whichever path their life goes, be career and family oriented or somewhere in between. African men have also had to adapt to this new woman, who might be their intellectual and financial match.”
“A woman with a traditional mindset but a flare of modern principles. Someone with a balance of both. Someone like me.”
“I would define a Contemporary African Woman as a go-getter who is working hard to better herself. She’s strong, independent, and not afraid to embrace her femininity and sexuality. She follows a religion not because her parents made her but because she genuinely identifies with that religion. She respects her roots and identifies heavily with her culture. And while she wants to get married and is pressured by family, she knows that she doesn’t NEED a man.”
“A woman who is no longer bounded by traditional views.”
“A CAW practices emotional intelligence, is interdependent and eludes quiet confidence. She is also a servant leader. She is not easily downtrodden and is a beautiful blend of admirable traditional values with progressive 21st century thoughts and practices.”
“A women of balance between old and new.”
“I believe a CAW is a women with purpose and knows her self worth. She is proud of her heritage, holds her family together and believes in the evolution of some traditional views.”
“A Contemporary African Woman carries on the dreams of her ancestors. She is able to dream in a new age and inspire others while doing so. She finds interests in what has been deemed unconventional, while still taking pride in traditions. The past, the present, and the future are all manifested in her.”
“A CAW is a woman who works hard to uplift herself despite the odds. She’s a heroine; she’s fights for the rights of her fellow women and children. When the world tells her “no,” she laughs and continues to conquer.”
by Ivery Arie