@jskls - very thought provoking thread and interesting to read the different views.. This is a tough one for me personally...... When I was still in my formative years pre-teens, teens and really-early-twenties... My biggest single wish used to be that 'I wish I was a boy/man'. The society was and is so skewed and male dominant that a lot of things that I aspired and wanted to do, academically, professionally and personally, were methodically and systematically thwarted (in all their self-important unintended wisdom) by my immediate family. And this was injected with a lot of you-have-to-be-a-role model, you-are-the-oldest-of-3-sisters, you-dont-know-anything-about-how-the-world-works, you-have-to-be-more-responsible, and many more on these lines. I honestly and sincerely feel now that the others' fears has clipped my wings a lot, be it my own family. But in the current stage of my life, with a husband, 2 young kids and being a stay-at-home-mom, these things dont bring up any emotion as they used to and am glad that Im a woman sometimes. Somewhere along the journey, with all its teachings, life has made me more balanced than I used to be all those years ago. It doesnt bother me that I dont earn money by going to a workplace, but am content that I have all the skills necessary to support myself and my dependants if the need arises. Like some of the other posters have said, it is strongly linked to how others perceive us. But also, we as persons, not man not woman, as persons, need to come a full circle, learn to respect ourselves and respect everyone and everything around us. And, 'Identity' is very closely tied to self-esteem. So unless, we have respect for ourselves, the world around us will find it very hard to respect us. As we are after all vibratory beings in the grander scheme of things and pick up on each others' 'vibes'. There was a recent forward from a cousin which goes like this: 'When you come to a point where you have no need to impress anybody, your freedom will begin' So in my humble opinion, that day we unbound ourselves from the shackles of being a 'man' or a 'woman' would be the day we are truly free. And it is our duty to teach our children to respect oneself and everyone so they can be truly balanced human beings and not look for an identity in being either sex. P.S: For all my gyaan, i take great pleasure whenever an indian is credited with something, or a woman becomes the first to achieve something, or achieves something, period. I guess it is coded deep down in my psyche. And Im working on it!! Im not perfect and Im fine with that.