1. the female human being (distinguished from man ).
2. an adult female person.
3. a female attendant to a lady of rank.
4. a wife.
5. the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness.
6. a sweetheart or paramour; mistress.
7. a female employee or representative: A woman from the real estate agency called.
8. a female person who cleans house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper: The woman will be in to clean today.
9. women collectively: Woman is no longer subordinate to man.

–verb (used with object)

10. to put into the company of a woman.
11. to equip or staff with women.
12. Obsolete. to cause to act or yield like a woman.


13. of women; womanly.
14. female: a woman plumber.


15. be one’s own woman, (of females) to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent.

Webster Dictionary says:

A. an adult female                                                                          

B.) a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) —usually used in combination

In order to understand what it means to be an African American Woman, one must understand what it means to be a woman. I took a look at several definitions of the word woman. If I were to sum up in one word what a woman is to me it would be maturity. In my eyes a woman is truly defined by her level of maturity.

Rose DesRochers had a unique perspective of defining today’s definition of woman:

“Being Today’s Woman should mean that you can make a contribution to humanity, as a whole. It should be about finding your passion in life and embracing it with determination, and being dependant upon yourself, and no one else. Today’s Woman has more than equal rights and yet she still wants more. She wants to have her cake and eat it too. Come on, you have to admit that the feminist way of thinking is pretty much biased. She wants the same rights as man but has no trouble accepting a few favors because she has breasts and ovaries.”