Phenomenal Woman

One of the most influential voices of our time whose poetry and words have inspired and empowered so many is Maya Angelou. It is no exaggeration to describe her as being a phenomenal woman. She was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement while her poetry speaks of quiet resolve and determination that every individual, regardless of race, gender or lot in life, be acknowledged as fundamental to the validity of our nation's promise of freedom for all.

A favorite blog of mine, Brain Pickings, devotes an article to Ms. Angelou's poem, Phenomenal Woman, which was published in her famous book, Still I Rise. Listen to Ms. Angelou give voice to her poem as you read her words and know that she is, indeed, the epitome of a phenomenal woman.

’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.