As women, we have hundreds of years of stereotypes and gender-expectations that we are still overcoming. We’ve come far, but equality is still a work-in-progress. We all have our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and what better way to improve both than to break down gender stereotypes and take on the tasks often thought of as ‘masculine.’ Why rely on men when we can rely on ourselves, right? We can do more than fold laundry, cook and take care of the kids, and we’ve been proving it to the world more often as time goes by. So, in the spirit of the strength of women, here are a few things that we think every woman should be able to do on her own.
1. How to Change a Tire
One of the worst things that can happen to any person is getting a flat tire. When you don’t have a spare or don’t know how to change it, you’re pretty much S.O.L. And, if it happens in the middle of nowhere, you better hope you brought some walking shoes. Most cars come with donuts, but some come with full size spares. Regardless of what you have to work with, its imperative to know how to change the tire yourself. Relying on strangers for help can be risky, especially if you’re a woman.
It’s the sad truth of the world that changing a tire is thought of as a more masculine trait. I’ve lost count of how many woman I’ve heard say, “I always had my (insert any male figure) to do that stuff.” Except, when you don’t have them around to save you the physical and mental struggle, who will help you? Better learn to help yourself!
2. How to Be Independent
This is a knowledge that should surpass gender, sex and sexuality, to be honest. Although, in my experience, the pressure to settle down or have a partner is most heavily put on women.Being on your own isn’t easy. For some, it’s impossible. It is important to be able to find your independence and comfort in the ability to function without the help of others. That’s not to say that you can never reach out to family or friends when in need. Rather, it’s a process that helps you find yourself; your strengths and weaknesses.
Being independent is not a concept as simple as “being single,” either. It’s more about relying on yourself and being able to live without dependency when its not an option. Discover yourself. Learn to love yourself. Knowing yourself and loving yourself will, in turn, give you the foundations for a more confident and stable role in future relationships, be at business, familial or romantic, etc.
3. Checking and Maintaining Car Fluids
Another car-related how-to. I know, it’s often confusing and annoying. I always thought to myself, “what’s the point?” when I could always ask my dad for help. At least, that was until my car refused to go over 30 mph on the highway. The cause? Old and low transmission fluid. It was a lot scarier than it sounds, though it could have been worse. Like many people, I got lucky.
We all know it can be easy to ignore something as (seemingly) simple as checking your fluids. You’ve got 1 million other things to worry about, so it’s the last thing on your mind. But, the easiest way to keep your car running longer and smoother is to check and maintain your fluids, especially your engine oil, on a regular basis. Don’t be that person that putters into the auto shop with “rip me off” stamped across to your four head. Know everything you can about your car. Just for the simple fact that you’re female – you are an easy target to be taken advantage of.