Maya Angelou is an influential African American author, who has written numerous books of her early experiences as an African American female. Angelou’s poem ‘phenomenal woman’ recognizes the beauty and strength in all women.

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.


-Kaitlyn, BSW student