Emancipation of a Woman in "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou

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Any girl could say she is a woman. It takes a strong woman to be a phenomenal woman. A phenomenal woman does not rely on others for financial, mental and social needs. A woman like this takes pride in her-self and doesn’t let anyone put her down. Throughout the times a woman strives for her independence to become her own individual in life. Phenomenal Woman, written by Maya Angelou, is a poem which is an anthem for all women’s strength in their own womanhood. (Angelou 1) The poem speaks out to us women as far as of where we are in society. “Look at me!" "I am beautiful in my strength, in whatever shape that is mine.”(Angelou 2) The poem reminds women that they are filled with beauty and strength and they should love themselves for…show more content…
An example of a financially dependent woman would be a female college student. Attending college, and earned a Louisiana Tuition Opportunity Program for Students, which is known as (TOPS). All schooling was paid for then the she met the wrong person, in addition she started skipping class and becoming more dereliction and later dropped out of college which caused to lose the scholarship and grant money that she wanted so bad. At the age of twenty-three, she now has four children. The student lives back at her parents’ house, because she was unable to pay the rent for their apartment and does not have a job because of the lack of transportation. Now depending on the mother for help, the mother has welcomed her and the four children in her home. A mentally phenomanal woman believes in herself. Whenever a woman chooses to believe in herself, she does not let negative feedback get to her. Myself for example, depended on a man that really did not care for me. He used me and manipulated my mind. I did not have what it took to be mentally independent. I was weak minded and did not have the confidence and good judgment that it took for me to continue my education at the time. Targeted by my child father, I deprived myself for him. I was no longer living for herself. Having social independence a phenomenal woman can choose who she want to be around. If I had social independence at the time, I probably would not have made the mistake of being a young mother.

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