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A Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has been blessing us with her many talents since 1970 when her poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was written. Her accomplishments may have made her a better woman, but her downfalls also seem to have made her stronger. She explains her life experiences with the world in dance, song, books, and poetry. A very famous poem of hers is titled “Phenomenal Woman.” It was, and will always be an inspirational piece to any woman who reads it. Angelou gives black women a reason to smile, a reason to demand respect from any man, and most of all, teaches women how to love themselves. As a teacher, poet, author, actress, and activist, Angelou is still standing and her powerful words of wisdom will forever be remembered.

Here is an excerpt from “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou:


Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

‘Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

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