Here's an excerpt I find myself going back to all the time, taken from Walt Whitman's 'I sing the Body Electric' - a legendary piece of literature that continues to inspire many artists and thinkers to this very day. 

I admire that an 18th century poet made sure that his poems always treated men and women equally, something our modern day mind cannot seem to conquer. He shaped the way I see myself as a woman: as a gate of the body, and a gate for the soul. His work encouraged me to stay in perfect balance. 

"Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the exit of the rest,
You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.
The female contains all qualities and tempers them,
She is in her place and moves with perfect balance,
She is all things duly veil’d, she is both passive and active,
She is to conceive daughters as well as sons, and sons as well as daughters."