Is having a child a woman’s highest Achievement?
My answer is NO, we are made for more…
For centuries, women have been viewed as nurturers and caretakers, and the traditional role of motherhood has been deeply ingrained in society. It is often said that having a child is a woman’s highest achievement, a belief that has been perpetuated by cultural, social, and religious norms.
However, in modern times, the idea that motherhood is a woman’s ultimate goal is being challenged.
To many women, having a child is a profound experience and a significant milestone in their lives. It is a joyous occasion that brings immense satisfaction and fulfillment.
However, it is crucial to note that motherhood is not the only path to fulfillment and self-realization. Women have different aspirations, dreams, and goals, and what is meaningful to one woman may not be as important to another.
The idea that motherhood is the only path to fulfillment is limiting and oppressive. It undermines the accomplishments of women who choose to pursue other paths, such as career development, personal growth, community service, or creative pursuits. It also implies that women who are unable to have children or choose not to have them are somehow incomplete or inadequate. This belief is not only untrue but also harmful to women’s mental health and well-being.
I will go Further by stating that the notion that motherhood is a woman’s highest achievement reinforces gender stereotypes and perpetuates discrimination against women. It suggests that women are solely responsible for raising children and taking care of the household, while men are absolved of those duties. It also limits women’s opportunities and choices, as they are expected to prioritize motherhood over other pursuits.
I am a mother and I will conclude by saying that having my child is undoubtedly one of the most significant milestone in my life, but it is not the only path to fulfillment and self-realization, I am also doing things I love doing like writing this article lol ????????????
I am using this opportunity to encourage other women to pursue their dreams and aspirations, regardless of societal expectations. Motherhood should not be used as a measure of a woman’s worth, and women who choose not to have children should not be stigmatized or judged. The highest achievement for a woman is to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, whatever path she chooses to take.
I remain my humble self
Duru Eunice Adaku
A proud mother and career woman