As their title implies, strong women are incredibly—well—strong! They have reputations for articulating precisely what they think, want, and need, and for articulating these things very assertively and/or loudly. However, strong women are far more subtle than they often seem, and there is far more behind their thoughts, words, and actions than anyone other than a strong woman could ever fully comprehend or appreciate. With all of this being said, please read the list below in order to comprehend and appreciate as much as you can pertaining to strong women (spoiler: they’re worth all the time and effort—and then some!).
#1: They’re impeccable planners.
Strong women know that having both concrete and well-mapped-out goals is vital to success. As such, strong women set yearly, monthly, weekly, daily, and even hourly goals to keep them on track. Additionally, these goals are sure to have bullet points or paragraphs attached—in mind, if not on paper—which will make achieving them as efficient and effective as possible.
#2: Lack of planning displeases them.
Since strong women know how much time and effort it takes to plan something properly—and because they realize that this time and effort is only devoted when the thing being planned is important enough to warrant it—they know that if you haven’t really planned to get together, then getting together just isn’t very important to you. So, don’t expect a strong woman to jump at your last-minute plans and offers (and don’t expect them to jump at you if that’s how you treat her).
#3: They already have enough friends.
Strong women are always open to meeting new people and making new friends (and relationships), but they’re certainly not desperate for it. Because strong women also normally come with a strong support network of people and resources, there is no need for them to supplement this network unless it will benefit the network (and them). This is good news if you’re genuinely worth knowing, experiencing, and dating—but horrible news if you actually don’t have many positive aspects to offer.
#4: They’re extremely (and intelligently) confident.
Unlike many females, strong women don’t seek attention and praise from society in general. They don’t go out of their way to shock people, but it also doesn’t bother them when someone is shocked by something they say, do, or wear. Strong women are confident in their morals, beliefs, and decisions: so much so that they almost always trusts theirs over someone else’s (especially if the “someone else” is stranger or a casual acquaintance).
#5: They’re extremely accepting human beings.
Strong women don’t lie to themselves about the world or about people in general—especially themselves. This means that strong women are very aware of all their strengths, and even aware of all their weaknesses. As such, they’re able to improve themselves in both areas and overall; you cannot truly get over something or move-on from it unless you genuinely accept (and then release it).
#6: They love being single, but they’re always open to greater happiness.
This means that strong women could live alone their whole lives and still end up feeling significantly fulfilled (even though they usually end up finding fulfillment with a partner long before then). However, strong women also know that the right kind of positive and productive relationship can provide them with new types of love and happiness—but they still won’t take the plunge unless the present and future circumstances seem most promising.
#7: Their circle of close friends is relatively small.
Strong women are quicker to cut negative individuals from their lives than they are to add potentially positive individuals to their close network. As a result of this, they tend to have fewer friends which they hangout with on a regular basis—but the ones they do hangout with are 100% worth having by their side.
#8: They stand-up for themselves.
Strong women speak-up and speak-out loudly when they have suffered unjust treatment, whether it’s related to their morals, beliefs, dignity, words, or actions. They always put people into the exact places they should be in these situations, which often means educating and ostracizing them (but it’s never anything the offender doesn’t deeply deserve).
#9: They terrify men who are insecure.
Most insecure men can’t handle the levels of assertion, confidence, and honesty which most strong women normally demonstrate. As such, sometimes they don’t even bother approaching a woman when they know she’s a strong one, and they usually only last a few minutes (or seconds!) in a conversation with a strong woman before they’re compelled to flee. However, this is a great way for strong women to clear the area around them for any strong men who could be in the vicinity.
#10: They enjoy making the first move.
This doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy it when a worthy suitor makes a move on them, but it does mean that strong women aren’t afraid to trust their instincts when they encounter a man who feels right to them. Also, unlike strong women, strong men do get intimidated sometimes—but luckily strong women are happy to be the bigger (or braver!) person in this situations.
#11: They’re true feminists.
“Others have said it before me. If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu. And so it is important that we have women in the United States Senate—strong women, women who are there to help advance an agenda that is important to women.”—Elizabeth Warren
#12: They promote strength in other women.
“My family has very strong women. My mother never laughed at my dream of Africa, even though everyone else did because we didn’t have any money, because Africa was the ‘dark continent,’ and because I was a girl.”—Jane Goodall
#13: They’re excellent managers and supervisors.
“Because sorry to say, women run the house. They run the family. They hold things up. I mean, I’’s like you don’t ever see your mom get sick because she handles everything. And it’s kind of amazing I think to show people just how strong women are.”—Sophia Bush
#14: They praise other strong women.
“I love and really respect strong women. I’m obsessed with Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore and Penelope Cruz. They are just really incredibly strong-willed, intelligent females in the industry.”—Vanessa Hudgens
#15: Strength is in their blood—and passes on through their blood.
“I was raised by strong women, and that DNA is in my daughter and wife.”—Dwayne Johnson
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