How were women portrayed where you grew up?

Written by on September 29, 2018

Lesson 7 – Pondering Questions

Your Personal Journey

Who Are You? Whose Are You? What Is Your Destiny?

Textbook: Spiritual Identity by Dr. Merle Ray

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How were women portrayed where you grew up?




  1. Tanika Guidroz   On   September 19, 2020 at 2:20 am

    the woman in my left tolerated much. Lots of disrespect, abuse, abandonment, adultery; yet they stayed faithful. They some didn’t believe in divorce; which caused them to endure to till great pain, shame, etc. However, they were the strongest women I know with much wisdom.

  2. Benita Edwards   On   May 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Growing up, I saw the women in my family as secretive, educated, strong, hard-working mothers, as well as independent wives. Oh, my! Those look like my traits, minus the wife part, oh dear! Wow, I’m not sure what I’m feeling right now! Except, I’m super glad I know my Father has His arms open to catch me!! Jesus

  3. Yolanda Perry   On   May 21, 2020 at 7:13 am

    There is four women in my family. Three of the four women were married, worked, and took care of the home. My other aunt was very broken and did not know how to take off the veil.

  4. Destinee Montgomery   On   May 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Growing up the women were portrayed to be strong and independent. They provided for their families, my grandmother and mom were the only ones married. My mom was hardworking and the provider of the household. Never knew the role of the man in the household.

  5. Diana Williams   On   May 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    When I grew up, the women within my surroundings during childhood were strong yet broken, secretive, and struggling to make ends met. They were strong in that they endured a lot of hardships and survived. There were others who were bewildered, and suffered low esteem and had unresolved issues of the heart. Many were fast as the mother’s of old would say aka hootchies. Lastly, and most importantly, there was one who stood out then and even today. Though she has long transitioned and that was a woman who loved, God and became my mom’s saving grace in that Grandma Pauline stepped in and became a mom to my mother, and a granny to me.

  6. Evelyn Wilson   On   May 9, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Women were strong, fighters, home makers they was helpers to their husband if they was married even when they worked outside the home they managed the family, finances homework and school activity. My mother was a signal mom she worked, crochet, needle point, quilting, embroidery and pressed other women and their daughters hair. made clothing for the women that could not sew and thought women to sew. Most of the women never left the house without looking their very best.They were survivors. I was once told there was a time when my great grandmother stay with the children and cook everyday and when my great grandfather wouldn’t come home she would save the food for the next day, once this happen for 6 months as he lived with another women around the corner in the same neighborhood she kept the family together and she stayed there until he died and she never married again. Women tried hard to keep the family together.

  7. Jacqueline Williams   On   May 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Both of my grandmothers worked. My paternal grandmother, who was a single parent, own her own business. My mother was physically abused by her father and though she only had an elementary school education she was the financial manager in our home growing up. She was a stayed at home mother and while caring for her family, when my father went to work, she raised chickens and pigs and sold it from our home. My mother was a very committed and devoted wife to my father and my father trusted her with the finances. My mother was also the one who made sure her children grew up in church and reverence God. Growing up she spoke very little English and could not read or write English since her first language was French. She was not able to help us with our school work but paid so we can get the needed help.
    Today her three daughters are college graduates and very business minded, one owns and run a daycare. They all serve the Lord. The women in my family are strong and resilient.

  8. Tanika Guidroz   On   May 3, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    in my family we were perceived as pretty, strong, kind women. They mostly worked hard to take care of the children, home, etc. Then they had to deal with ungrateful, unfaithful, unkind, untrustworthy, inconsiderate husbands.

  9. LaShawn Darthard   On   May 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    My mother was a single parent most of my life and took care of a family of four children, kept us protected, brought us up close and in the church. In my high school years she married a pastor unto the good Lord called her home. We stayed in the middle of two caucasian marry couples. When the husbands die, the sister can to live with one of the ladies. These women were retired school teacher and nurse. They taught me how to crochet and how to decorate blankets. My grandparents had a farm in the country. My grandmother was an entrepreneur, owner of a store. I was blessed to learn many things from cleaning, washing, sewing, cooking, planting, driving, make homemade quilts, etc… My uncle wife’s were stay home mothers.

  10. Juanita Robinson   On   May 3, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Where I grew up women were very independent single and married, both sets of women working very hard to take care of their families. The married women sometimes worked even harder if her husband wasn’t living according to the word of GOD.In their shortage they would come together and be helpers one to another.

  11. Deborah Stevens   On   May 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    For me, as I grew up, women were mysterious, strong, hard working, some were wise and some not-so wise. Women were judgmental and compassionate. They were firm but loving. For me, women were multi-faceted. Women seemed to be kind, decent and appeared to hold high morals. It was not until I grew older that I realized that women were alike but vastly different.

  12. Barbara Crater   On   May 2, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    With my Grandmother the women were portrayed as high class, rich and famous. Had own business. Well kept secrets.
    With my mother, many were poor, broken, mistreated, hard labour jobs.Did whatever it took to feed and take care of children as single parents.

    • Deborah Stevens   On   May 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      “Well kept secrets” is a good description of how I saw women as being mysterious. They seemed to hide their true feelings. I never really thought of them as being truly happy. They seemed to accept where they were in life – good or bad.

  13. Sharon Parker   On   May 2, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    The women in my family are very independent and most of them are not married. They were single parents who worked jobs and /or went to school to become more in order to take care of their families. However the women in my neighborhood (specifically on my block) were married and stay at moms, employees, or both. These women were viewed as strong and connected to their families, even though they operated in other roles outside of the home.

  14. Jerrelyn Gaines   On   May 2, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Growing up, I saw my uncles provide for their households and where they fell short my grandfather would cover the shortfall. My aunts would stay at home and take care of their households, cook, clean, and their children. However, I grew in a single-parent household were survival was emphasized and saw my mother worked multiple jobs to provide for herself, my brother, and myself. We did have the support of extended family but my mother was a hard worker. For my sixteen birthday, she helped me get a job at the hospital I was born, Charity hospital.

  15. brendab   On   April 21, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Stay at home and take care of the household chores and children, although my mom did work, she also had the responsibility of cooking, and taking care of us, most women were considered housewives

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