A Maya Angelou Poem Arrived in my Inbox Today

The email said that if I sent this Maya Angelou poem to 3 people, I'd have good luck all day.
I'm hoping that by sharing with the readers of our Women's Blog, the luck will go thru tomorrow!

After so many of Sun's Women in Boston saw Dr. Angelou last December at the Mass. Conference for Women, I thought this
was a good place to share such inspiration! 

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,

even if she never wants to or needs to...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date
of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...
a youth she's content to leave behind....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .....
a set of screwdrivers, a
cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

A  WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
a good piece of furniture
not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

A WOMAN SHOULD
HAVE ...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a feeling of control over her destiny..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job, break up
with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
when to try harder... and
WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips,

or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that her childhood may not
have been perfect..but it's over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD
KNOW...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to live alone . even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust, whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Comments:

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Sheila on May 07, 2007 at 11:11 PM PDT #

Dr. Maya Angelou. Need I say more. One of the most accomplished poets I know. Very knoweledgeable. Very Caring. Very loving.

Posted by Dora on May 16, 2007 at 12:26 AM PDT #

This was written not by Maya Angelou but by me and published in Glamour magazine in May 1997. Please credit me and Glamour appropriately!

Posted by Pamela Redmond Satran on July 18, 2007 at 05:52 AM PDT #

Well, that is a relief because, honestly, I have so much respect for Maya Angelou and I was having a very hard time accepting that she actually wrote this.

I appreciate the intention of the author, but I do not believe yet another list of dos and don'ts is helpful to a woman's journey towards personal empowerment.

With due respect, women should be who they want to be!

This is one long list of women-must-be-EVERYTHING stereotypes, and it does nothing to empower us to simply be and accept who we are -- whether we chose to own a power drill (which I personally do) or not.

We each have our own precious paths to walk, with our own precious signature of power.

Posted by Leda Dederich on August 16, 2007 at 03:34 AM PDT #

This poem is falsely attributed to Maya Angelou. Angelou even disclaims authorship on her website. The author of this piece is Pamela Redmond Satran. She wrote it in May 1997 for Glamour Magazine.

Posted by Nancy on October 19, 2007 at 10:28 PM PDT #

this did not help me with my report...

Posted by jordan on January 09, 2008 at 06:22 AM PST #

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