Pope John Paul II has majestically portrayed the charism and genius of femininity in his apostolic letter
According to the Holy Father, the essential components of women are so exemplary as regards the sincere gift of self, that this can be compared to the great mystery of the Church as Spouse united to Christ. The Pope underlines the special sensitivity that woman has for man, and, indeed, for everything essentially human, and which is expressed in the natural tendency to especially direct her attention toward some particular person.
The woman’s personality, given her tremendous capacity of love, cannot fulfill itself except by giving love to others. Her strength lies precisely in the gift of self, and in the fact that God entrusted man to her. “Thus the ‘perfect woman’ (cf. Proverbs 31:10) becomes an irreplaceable support and source of spiritual strength for other people, who perceive the great energies of her spirit.”
Excerpt from an article that appeared on The Newman Center at Caltech website. (Source no longer available)