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The Future is so Much More than Female

By: Bethany Beal

I’m a woman. I love being a woman. I love everything about it. I’m all for women championing and encouraging other women. I think it’s amazing that so many women can work hard, dream big, and live hugely awesome lives.

Ambition is amazing. Hard work is amazing. Dreaming big is amazing.

I personally thrive on living life to the fullest. I love pouring my heart out for the jobs and tasks God has called me to. I feel so alive when I work hard and accomplish big things for His glory. Even if they aren’t glamorous jobs, I love working hard and giving my all.

God has so uniquely created women to be incredible!

That should never be downplayed or diminished. Women are amazing and have enormous amounts of worth because God has made them to be that way.

If you believe that you are less than or worthless, that is a lie. Every woman on the face of this planet earth has great worth because she is made in God’s image. He has given her immense worth.

With that being said, I think we have a little problem.

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a trend. A trend of women being totally obsessed with life being all about women. To be honest, I think we, as modern women, have actually become quite a bit narcissistic.

We’ve become slightly obsessed with ourselves.

There is this idea that life should revolve around us. Our dreams. Our plans. Our hopes. Our jobs. Our futures. Our life. Our everything. And don’t you dare get in my way or I will mow you over and prove to you that I can do whatever I want to do.

In short, we’ve become pretty self-focused and self-consumed. Sayings like, “The Future is Female” is being printed and proudly worn by women across the world.

Just yesterday, I was shopping for a birthday gift for my younger sister and came across shirt after shirt with sayings like these…

“Girl Power”

“Girls Run Thangs”

“Women Support Women”

“The Future is Female”

The goal no longer seems to be gaining equality with men but elevating ourselves to a superior and higher position than men. The Future is Female conveys that very message (despite what it “technically” means, it very much conveys that message).

If the future is female, where are the men?

Why aren’t men involved in that future? Why don’t we see more shirts that say, “The Future is Male and Female.” Or, “The Future is Family!”

Those types of shirts are few and far between.

If you are a woman who claims to be a Christian and claims to believe in God’s Word, I challenge you to rethink this idea. I challenge you to examine the saying, “The Future is Female,” through the lens of Scripture.

Does the Bible support this notion of the future being female?

Instead of blindly following along with the loudest voice coming out of culture, let’s slow down and reconsider who we are, where we are going, and what the future actually holds.

We are daughters of God, made in His image, and created for His glory.

We are on this earth to glorify Him and point others to Him. That is the essence of our existence and the truest reality of our womanhood (Read Girl Defined to dig deeper into God’s design for femininity). 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).

O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together (Psalm 34:2).

Life isn’t about us. It’s not about men or women. It’s not about promoting ourselves or proving our worth. The future is not about the female, male, or anything else. Life is about God. Life is about living for God’s glory.

The future is about Him. 

Ladies, we don’t have to prove ourselves. We don’t have to show the world that we can do it. We can walk in humble confidence knowing that we are His. We are God’s daughters and our futures are secure. We will spend eternity with the Creator of the world. That is our future.

Instead of living by the saying, “The Future is Female,” let’s live by the truth, “The Future is God’s Glory!”

Make God’s glory and His name the reason you work hard and dream big. Make that the reason for your existence.


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32 Responses to The Future is so Much More than Female

  1. Anna Irons says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. My thoughts these past few months as well. Thank you, Bethany!

  2. Mai says:

    I saw this title and thought, “Wow!” I was in the mall YESTERDAY, and I saw a tshirt at H&M that said “Female Equals Future.” I came out of the store to tell my dad about it, and I said “there’s no way we [women] can take on the future without men!” I’ve heard the ‘equality for women’ taglines before, but it’s going too far to suggest men are absolutely unnecessary – especially when it comes to bringing up our future generations.

  3. Chelsea Ejimakor says:

    Nice one, Bethany.

  4. Shanae B says:

    One hundred times thank you for this post!!! On my list of favorites from you all! I mostly work with kids for my job and just literally last week I saw a 12 year old girl with a shirt that said “girls are the future.” I didn’t say anything to her, but totally thought what about boys?.. I totally agree with you that the future is God!

  5. Tintswalo Mhlongo says:

    wooooow woooow

  6. hannah says:

    This is a powerful message. It’s almost said how bad women want controll.

  7. Clara says:

    Thank you so much for this! It’s exactly how I see the topic. My favorite line would have to be “The goal no longer seems to be gaining equality with men but elevating ourselves to a superior and higher position than men.” Equal in value is one thing. Women being the most important gender is another.

  8. whitefamily says:

    Amen! This is what girl’s across our country need to hear, understand, and believe!

  9. Bianca says:

    Yes!! It’s sad we feel the only solution to our insecurity is to put others down.

  10. Abigail Reznicek says:

    It is disappointing and discouraging to see this kind of perspective from a Christian writer. The feminist movement doesn’t believe that the future is without men. Rather that because women still do not have full equality and rights, that encouraging women to empower one another and affirming that the future is female addresses the problem.

    As Chimamanda Ngozi argues, we aren’t calling the feminist movement the humanist movement because we need to address the problem. We are focused on female advancement because females need to advance in order to reach a state of equality. Just like the Black Lives matter movement doesn’t belittle other lives but rather addresses the issue – we are focused on black lives because they are under attack and facing oppression and discrimination. I like to think about the Golden Globes event for the #MeToo movement. Seeing famous and influential men wearing black was huge because feminism shouldn’t just be women fighting for women. There are thousands of strong, feminist men dedicated to the advancement of women because they understand that the feminist movement is meant to elevate women to a position of equality. That doesn’t mean that men aren’t part of the future – they are, and we know it.

    The slogan “the future is female” serves a different purpose altogether. “The future is female does not mean female over male, nor is it trans-misogynist. The future is female means that we will no longer live in a world that believes that hierarchy and zero sum games are the only viable forms of social organization. “Perhaps blogs like this one are the reason that many Christian feminists like myself are hesitant to identify as Christian.

    • Melissa says:

      Could you please give some specific examples of rights afforded to men in the U.S. that are not given to women? I’m not looking for societal anecdotes either.

      • Abigail Reznicek says:

        It almost seems futile to even respond since I can already sense that you, and a majority of this blog’s readers are conservatives in denial of the need for feminism. Today, the incarceration rate is increasing for women at greater intervals than men – many for cases of self-defense. Women are still subject to hiring and promotion bias in the workplace and make around 80 cents for what men are making – and there is no federal law against this. There is also no federal mandate paid maternity leave, making the US the only developed country without such a policy. Women are not represented in government to the same extent as men. Women’s reproductive rights over their bodies are under attack. Access for birth control is under attack. Young girls are pressured by society to chose domestic roles. Women are systematically oppressed by a patriarchal society and are victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in greater numbers than men.

        • hannah says:

          No we as young woman aren’t pressured to stay home at my friends school they make they guys take home ec so parts of ur statemeant are not true

        • Rebecca says:

          Why is it that as soon as you want to say feminism is so “necessary”, that you jump immediately to oppression and sexual assault?

        • Shanae B says:

          Have you been living under a rock or in some weird reclusive commune? Through this comment you don’t act very educated. If you hate the domestic so much, don’t have a picture up where you’re loving on a baby (probably your own, who through this comment you’re in a way kind of hating on). That kind of contradicts your comment and makes you a hipocrit.

    • Nadia Aguilar says:

      We have accepted so many arguments from the world in our churches, our worldview is mostly mundane, and not biblical.
      It is as easy for us as Christian women to take us by the currents of this world, but we remain anchored to Christ and his Word.
      Let us always remember that although feminism has certain truths within its ideology, it has even more lies within it. Only the Word of God can restore our sight and allow us to know the truth.

  11. Ameera says:

    This is very similar to saying “All lives matter” when you see “Black lives matter posts, shirts, signs, etc. Yes we know all lives matter. No one has denied that. However the black community are the ones who are being the most racially judged, persecuted, and discriminated against!!!!!! Same with “the future is female”. We already know men are the future always have been lol and trust me they’ll always be here to remind us

  12. Lezzyfeminist says:

    Well done for speaking about this I’m very proud to be honest it’s not only feminism that is future but also lgbtq+ rights and black rights etc

  13. grace!! says:

    woman like you are the reason we still do not get equal pay

  14. Kendle says:

    No one has denied power from any other opposing groups like men, men are great and have always been great, the main point of the advertising and groups of the future is female to further push the idea that we should all respect women, every person is different but we should respect every one equally. For years women have been shunned out into the same societal atmosphere such as staying at home and believing thats all they’re good for. Women aren’t stopping anyone, we are just continually evolving into career driven society, economically we need to be since housing and apartment rates have gone up, but either way for years women have never felt as proud as themselves as men, so why can’t we both feel proud? Why can men only feel higher up? if women are supposed to teach their children how do you expect some of them to if you keep them at a lower level than men? If you want women to be humble, teach men to be humble also. In a few years there will be less the future is female shirts because we will finally learn that we are equal and that we as individuals all have unique qualities. The reason why people are so uptight about racial and gendered groups like “feminists” is because we aren’t ever used of seeing that, so it seems out there for people, we need to establish these rights because we were never able to before. Most people of the lgbtq+ can get arrested or killed in other countries, but if we show gratitude and are proud of ourselves, then those people from other countries will have hope in themselves as a community. Why lower someones esteem and continually keep things the same? Loving and respecting one another is of God, stopping someone for being positive and helping others in struggling communities is not right. Christianity has been going on forever and it will never end, men being established as powerful as been since the beginning, so we should all accept one another and move forward. The only time we are too proud, is if we’re making others feel bad about themselves, so why let some men do that automatically, or its bad to higher ourselves over God. But feeling confident is not sinful. So why is it when women are proud it is, and when men are proud it isn’t? we are all children of God, yet on this blog you separate us as if we’re not?

  15. egg says:

    op is a meninist, evidently

  16. gay rights says:

    god is a woman! lets get that equal pay ladies

  17. Shanae B says:

    Why do you want to show off incompetency? Also if you’re actually not getting equal pay you need to turn them to the authorities since it’s been illegal for 56 years.

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