Strong and Independent Woman

Bossy. Loud. Bitchy. Opinionated. Brash.

I’m always amazed when I hear women being described by these words. My immediate thought is: “I should probably get to know her better.”  Why? Because when women are described using these words, it’s usually code for:

Strong and Independent Woman

Most don’t consider it sexy to speak up and have a voice.  But I do. It’s taken a long time (and some dark moments) to get to a point where I am comfortable speaking my mind. But I’m there.

And if I ever stray or feel like I’m not strong enough, all I need to do is take out my favorite poem “Phenomenal Woman“, written by Dr. Maya Angelou. So stand up and be heard, women. We’re worth it.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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