Why Molly and every other Black woman should stop being everyone’s superwoman

Kerry Washington not only directed Sunday’s emotional episode, but she brought all the Black superwoman vibes with her. We’ve come to glorify this Black superwoman archetype. The type of woman who flawlessly bats down every obstacle in her path without blinking an eye or taking a break. Nothing is too much for her. Her value is in her competency (or so she’s been led to believe).

Being this kind of superwoman has become an unspoken goal for many of us. We wear it like a badge of honor. We aspire to achieve it. We break ourselves for it. We ‘yaaasss sis’ this woman when we see her in the streets. And we shove ourselves into the closest mold to perfection trying to be her ourselves.

We’re so used to playing superwoman, we don’t even notice when we’re doing it. But what was interesting about this episode was that we got to see through Molly a little more clearly how this superwoman role doesn’t always serve us.

“I’m straight.” — “I can deal with it.” — “I’ll handle it.” — all direct quotes from Molly during Sunday’s episode. She spent the entire episode trying to be everything for everyone while being none of that for herself. Her mother is in a coma. She has the right to have a moment for herself.

Sis, pause.

But too often as Black women, we feel like we don’t have the ability to have those moments for ourselves. We have these standards of excellence, and so many times, instead of waiting for others to show up, we start taking care of things ourselves. We forge ahead. Because we sometimes feel like if we don’t do it, no one else will.

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Kerry Washington not only directed Sunday’s emotional episode, but she brought all the Black superwoman vibes with her. We’ve come to glorify this Black superwoman archetype. The type of woman who flawlessly bats down every obstacle in her path without blinking an eye or taking a break. Nothing is too much for her. Her value…

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