Phenomenal Woman

 

In the wake of this weekend’s Women’s March, an event that brought women from all over the country together, I thought it was only fitting that I talk about how phenomenal women are.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a straight woman or a gay woman, if you’re a working woman or a stay-at-home woman. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single woman or a married woman, a cis woman or a trans woman. It doesn’t matter if you’re a black woman or a white woman, a godly woman or an atheist woman. It doesn’t matter if you’re a rich woman or a poor woman, a college degree woman or a high-school dropout woman. None of these things matter, because guess what? You are a phenomenal woman.

Right now, we are so lucky to be living in a time where women feel safe enough to have a voice. The Time’s Up movement is a perfect example of that, of women speaking up and raising their voice and making themselves heard. The Women’s March and the wonderful speakers that gave absolutely phenomenal speeches, people like Viola Davis and Halsey, are another great example. These things remind us that now is the time to be proud of being a woman. Now is the time to recognize how phenomenal you and your voice are. Now, now, now.

I really felt an overwhelming need to write this. I have been so blessed to have so many incredibly women in my life, women who support me and love me every single day. But so many of these women fail to see how phenomenal they truly are. I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten prayer requests from sisters and friends who tell me that they don’t feel good enough, that they don’t feel strong or beautiful or powerful. And I know that it’s a problem that extends beyond the people I see on a day-to-day basis. So, whether you’re a woman I know or a woman I don’t, know this: in the words of Sierra Boggess, “You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.”

Don’t for one second doubt yourself. Not now. Not when women all over the world are lifting each other up and standing in solidarity with one another. You are just as deserving of standing with them as me, or Lupita Nyong’o, or Viola Davis, or Reese Witherspoon, or Nicole Kidman or any woman who has decided to take a stand and let the world hear what she has to say. You have a voice, you have a body, heart, and soul that’s been built to endure. You are worthy, you are enough, and you are phenomenal.

I want to end this post with the last stanza from Maya Angelou’s poem, Phenomenal Woman.

“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 for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

 

 

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