A strong woman is my bubbe (grandmother) who left her abusive, alcoholic husband in the 1950s, with two young children in tow, even though "nice Jewish girls" didn't do anything of the sort, especially in the 50s.
A strong woman is my best friend who has chosen a relationship with traditional gender roles, to be a stay at home mother, and to home school her children even though she could have a successful career.
A strong woman is my sister who is married to the person she loves instead of to the person that society thinks she should marry.
A strong woman is my mother who ran my father's business, raised three children, and went back to school to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse when I was in middle school.
A strong woman is Hilary Clinton who has pursued her aspirations after a lifetime of supporting her husband's goals.
A strong woman is also Melania Trump who basically gives zero Fs about fulfilling the traditional role of the First Lady.
A strong woman is someone who knows their mind and follows their path in life, regardless if that path is one of traditional gender roles or not. If you are confident in who and what you are, you are a strong woman. It has nothing to do with being a b*tch.
For me, it's important for me to be financially, emotionally, and physically self-sufficient. I would never want to rely on anyone for my money, my self-worth, or protection. Nor would I want to define myself solely by the fact that I am married or that I have a child. Motherhood is important, but so is having a career. Not every woman wants to be married or to have children -- are they lesser people?
I was raised to be able to take care of myself and I take pride in that. I love my husband, but if he left me tomorrow, or G-d forbid passed away next week, I'd be able to figure things out on my own. I'd love to be called a strong woman.
I resent the idea that the fact that I have a certain set of chromosomes lets society dictate what role I should fulfill. Why are women supposed to fit into certain beauty standards? Why are women supposed to stand behind men? I resent this idea. I don't need my husband to kill a mammoth for me. I can do the hard work myself. I don't need to depend on him financially.
I wholeheartedly agree with Sarah's post. I'd take being called a strong woman as a compliment.
I appreciate my wife very much, and I think she is a strong woman.
Together we share roles in several small businesses we own. It works well because I am an early riser, at the office at ungodly hours, she likes to work late. We also have contrasting strengths. I am better at numbers, she is better at record keeping. I have more industry knowledge, she is good at planning. We both have good industry contacts, but from different perspectives. She has good instincts about people, I'm a better people person.
I am glad she is strong, it is tough to be a small business man. I am lucky to have her. :-)