Given that the first thing you notice about a person is their appearance, it's all too easy to focus on beauty at the expense of other important qualities -- especially when discussing women. Little girls are taught to be "seen and not heard. Ads encourage women to buy products that will give them longer eyelashes, glossier hair, bigger lips, smaller waists and perkier asses. At the same time, women are told to embrace their "natural beauty," to choose to feel beautiful inside, and to feel assured that every woman is beautiful. These are worthy sentiments -- there's nothing wrong with wanting to look good and feel confident -- but sometimes it feels like a woman's value is defined by beauty above all else. In today's society, being beautiful has a lot of benefits, but it isn't everything.