“Pretty women w…

“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.”

Maya Angelou is my absolute inspiration. She was a single mother to her son at sixteen. She was in and out of abusive relationships, having struggles with her own family. She was able to stay in school, work to support her son and thrive. She is educated, determined and an absolute joy to so many people. I would love to some day meet her.

After reading her books, I feel as if I know her. She has such talent that she makes readers feel her emotions and hear her thoughts. Every chapter of “Letter to my daughter” touched my heart. I am so inspired by her strength, determination and advocacy for the rights of women. I feel like more young women need to know that they have options, even when all seems lost.

I think that many teen mothers drop out of school out of lack of a belief that they can succeed in their dreams. They decide it is better for their child if they abandon any previous dreams or desires to enter a certain job field or school. I decided a long time ago that I was not going to let any one stop be from reaching my goals. Some day I hope to be inspiration for young girls struggling with the limitations of society. I really hope that my daughter will understand and appreciate all of the sacrifices I made, but also see that I was able to create a life for us along with having my dreams accomplished. I did not have to lose everything in order to have her. Neither do the many teen mothers each year who decide to drop out of high school because of a lack of support from peers, family and education professionals.

 

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