Maya Angelou: Every woman should…..

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 its 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…

-Maya Angelou

Let me add. I got information on this article from Terry who responded to this post and checked it out. Seems this isn’t a Maya Angelou quote but in fact the original is from a wonderful writer named Pamela Redmond Satran. My apologies!

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24 thoughts on “Maya Angelou: Every woman should…..

  1. Very enjoyable piece, but not written by Maya. The author is Pamela Redmond Satran, terrific writer BTW, who wrote it for Glamour magazine some years back, the actual title being “What every woman should know by the time she’s 30″. Nice site !

  2. hi seeing, and especially terry.. i’d like to thank you for the info on pamela being the original writer of the piece. i’m a maya’s fan and i didnt recall her writing the poem, im so grateful that i come here to find out the truth.. :)

  3. Good thinking for all to read through and consider how it fits their life!
    I laughed ’til I cried.
    Wonderful, no matter how old.’Maybe the older one gets, it means more. FUN!

  4. I Like it that is how I have always lived my life alway forwood never back. I have come from being homeless on the streets, of reno to owning my own home. I have come from being a maid to being a licenced caregiver…hugs linda

  5. The poem is eternal with no respector of age, status,etc.
    I love it and will pass it on to many women. Acknowledgement goes to the proper author!

  6. This wonderful poem was not written by Maya Angelou, who has disclaimed it on her own website – rather this was written by author Pamela Redmond Satran.

  7. Funny how this poem is still credited to Maya Angelou? I wonder what the author thinks about it. I would certainly be flattered.

    • however people still get credit for having it posted the author may not care because their names all over their other work they do. They still get payed for the work presented so it really all comes down to nothing at the end . This quote wasn’t that great come on many woman know what to do or say simple by getting advice everyone grows up to learn something not just though words but what they experienced in their child hood. i can write a story from when i was3 and end it of what im doing today people will like it because i reword it differently to let them feel what i went though it not hard to write poetry its like singing, or rapping but on paper. sometimes thinking outside the box helps.

  8. i like the poem somewhat Maya Angelo poems is more inviting. i always want to write poetry i always wanted to embrace my feelings though words an how i live though my struggles of my life . I never knew how to do so when i was younger i loved writing on paper it ma ganged all my behaviors in some way. But regards to Maya Angelo i read every sentence of her poems bio she is one charming strong cookie no one can mess with her writing its so originally an inspiring to read it almost feels real like your in the moment. When ever i see her name or picture its makes me want to think about how life can change in many ways only if we believe it can having positive ways to take control of people with no good sense of humor.

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  10. This poem is sooooooooo awesome. so real, the depth of it has yet to explored. Every woman should read this and make it apart of their lives. Utilize it to set goals of success for themselves and their daughters, granddaughters, sisters, even your mother, nieces, friends, co-workers. The power of God is filtered through each word. it is powerful.
    This needs to a part of any mentor program, church group or organization that supports teens, women of all ages. I am telling you this powerful…..

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