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    Phenomenal Woman – That is You

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | March 1st, 2020

    Phenomenal Woman – That is You

    Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

    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.

    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
    Phenomenally.
    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.
    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
    Phenomenally.
    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,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    ‘Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    I just love this poem. It is one of my favorites and for a month dedicated to women, I thought it was appropriate.

    March is National Women’s History Month and the theme this year is ‘Valiant Women of the Vote’. The theme is to honor the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others. When we exercise our right to vote we become valiant women of the vote. Let us honor the women that fought so hard for us to vote by going out to vote. As most of you know this is an important year to vote.

     International Women’s Day is March 8th and the theme this year is ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’.  When it comes to gender equality, there is no  ‘baby boomer’, ‘gen X’, ‘millenniums’ or ‘gen Z’ – we all need to be speaking the same language. We need to be talking about equal pay for equal work. We need to be talking about us having full control of our bodies and having the right to decide whether or not we want to be pregnant. We need to be talking about education and the opportunity to reach our full potential. We need to be talking about not having anyone take advantage of us. We need to be fighting for generation equality.

    Every time I recite Phenomenal Woman, I feel so powerful. Do not just read the poem silently in your head but recite the poem. Say it out loud. I promise, you will feel great.

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    The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

    The second half of the book briefly discusses the most common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections. A list of annotated websites dealing with the different topics in the book is provided for the reader who wants to pursue each subject in depth.




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