“One is not born a woman, but becomes one.”
— Simone de Beauvoir, French writer and existentialist philosopher, who has been honored with Google Doodle marking her 106th birthday

Simone believed that “existence precedes essence,” which Wikipedia describes this way: “It a central claim of existentialism, which reverses the traditional philosophical view that the essence or nature of a thing is more fundamental and immutable than its existence.[1] To existentialists, human beings—through their consciousness—create their own values and determine a meaning for their life because, in the beginning, the human being does not possess any inherent identity or value. By posing the acts that constitute him or her, he or she makes his or her existence more significant.”