Happy International Women’s Day

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Hello to all you beautiful women out there!

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I’ve always been so proud to share my birthday with a worldwide celebration of womenkind.

Today is a day where I am always thankful for all the amazing women in my life: my grandmothers and my mother and mother-in-law, who have taught me pretty much everything I know that actually means anything to me; my four (!) fantastic sisters-in-law, who I think are better than blood sisters for the sole reason that I didn’t have to fight with them growing up; my three nieces, who inspire me to be someone they can look up to; my three best lady friends, who have kept me in line from all the corners of the continent for decades … and the list goes on!

Where would you be without the women in your life?

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You should also celebrate the amazing women in your life today. You don’t have to be a woman to join in on the fun.

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
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

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.

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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
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,
Krystopf-Atlas Visit May 2013 15It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

8 thoughts on “Happy International Women’s Day”

  1. Thank you for that lovely post! We will celebrate my auntie’s birthday as well. Today many people share some love and a compliment. I believe we have to do this more often – even the smallest gesture of regard and some little moment of kindness can have a great impact.

    That’s why I’m intending to write a newspaper article about complimenting and its beautiful effects when people actually mean what they say. I try to collect compliments, so if you want to take part – just submit a compliment you recently paid or received by commenting on this post: http://nothingofthekind.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/my-best-compliments/.

    And Happy International Women’s Day to you!


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