‘On Womanhood’ Book Foreword
Gathering my thoughts on the concept of womanhood aroused a joy in me — a joy that has accumulated since I entered adulthood experiencing life as a grown woman with my mother’s love, wisdom, and lessons to anchor me. I was shaped early on by her teachings to recognize my individual blessings and strengths and to use them in the pursuit of finding the purpose for my journey through life.
I’ve long heeded her words and have shared them many times over with the women I’ve nurtured, mentored, and befriended. My years of living, loving, modeling, acting, mothering, cooking, sewing, traveling, writing, and more have taught me that only time can reveal the myriad of purposes that one’s journey will manifest. When we’re willing to live into our womanhood, we’ll summon the strength, courage, resilience, and sometimes the sense of adventure required to pursue each leg of the journey with the joy of knowing that we are growing in strength and fortitude.
Contained in this anthology are the experiences of women who have chosen to share how life’s glories and challenges—and lessons and blessings—have shaped their journeys into and through womanhood—journeys that are still unfolding.
You may recognize some similarities between their experiences and yours, and perhaps differences in choices, but what these writers and I hope you’ll appreciate after reading this book is that great value is inherent in our womanhood. We must continue to trust our individual journeys while encouraging our daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters, and female friends to recognize their worth and live life to the fullest, daring to accept the power of their womanhood.
Daphne Maxwell Reid
Actress, Author, Photographer