Outwardly handbags make an individualistic public statement about a woman’s identity. Inwardly, they tend to contain an intimate tangle of private objects ranging from crucial to frivolous. Amongst certain necessities, from credit cards to tampons to self-defense tools, a common thread in the curating of one’s handbag revolves around precaution; preparedness. Handbags serve as instruments for self-expression and mobilization, yet they also encompass the burdens of being a woman. Juxtaposed, the handbag represents liberation while its contents often represent oppression.