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Inspiring Words from 7 Phenomenal Women

Inspiring quotes are hundreds but there is a special place in my heart for the ones belonging to “Phenomenal women”, women who influenced history through their life and work, women who stood for women’s rights, women who succeeded in making our world a better place. So, I made a list of Inspiring Quotes from 7 Phenomenal Women and would love if you had more to add in your comments so we can make this list super long!

When we think of “phenomenal women”, we usually stick to famous artists, scientists or entrepreneurs but the world is full of phenomenal women who are not known and accomplish great things. I bet that if you think about it, you have definitely a handful of phenomenal women in your own life.

We usually celebrate women on International Women’s day but some inspiring quotes of some of my favorite phenomenal women can definitely work as a compass to help us become “phenomenal” for our friends and family or help us appreciate such women in our lives.

To start with, I guess that there is no better description of what an extraordinary, a “phenomenal woman” is than the one given by the famous poet 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”.

~ Maya Angelou

This is the just the first stanza of Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman”. According to a beautiful analysis of the whole poem, the poet repeats the proud assertion of being a phenomenal woman as a celebration of womanhood, a feminine world of totality that defies our society’s doctrine of specificity.

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou Printable 8×10 and printed on various items in our RedBubble Store

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Another phenomenal woman, Emily Dickinson can help us realize that a phenomenal woman is a person of hope.

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all.”

There is a fine description of Dickinson’s aspiration in this poem in sparknotes: “The speaker describes hope as a bird (“the thing with feathers”) that perches in the soul. There, it sings wordlessly and without pause. The song of hope sounds sweetest “in the Gale,” and it would require a terrifying storm to ever “abash the little Bird / That kept so many warm.” The speaker says that she has heard the bird of hope “in the chillest land— / And on the strangest Sea—”, but never, no matter how extreme the conditions, did it ever ask for a single crumb from her”.

For a phenomenal woman,

hope is not wishful thinking but rather a life stance of self-reliance and endurance made out of strength.

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Frida Kahlo, is always an inspiration for me. A phenomenal artist, woman, human being. She has endured so much and transformed her troubled from illness experience into a celebration of life and love.

I paint flowers so they will not die”,

she says in her famous quote teaching us that a phenomenal woman denies surrendering to pain or grief.

I Paint Flowers – Frida Kahlo 11×17 Printable and applied as art on various items at Redbubble Wocado Store

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”

~ Helen Keller

Helen Keller one other phenomenal woman, the American educator who overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians.

She reminds us that all phenomenal women have great empathy and realize the value of sentiments and our most precious of possessions, the immaterial ones.

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My next choice is a phrase by Anaïs Nin:

When one is pretending the entire body revolts”

Nin’s Diaries which cover over 60 years of writings and experiences, provide a deeply explorative insight into her personal life and relationships. She was one of the first women writers to explore sensuality. In this quote she provides another compass of a phenomenal woman, her wish for freedom, openness and sincerity “body and soul”.

 

When One is Pretending - Anais Nin #Quote #Printable by Wocado

When One is Pretending – Anais Nin Quote 8.5 inch x 11 inch Printable

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Marie Curie a phenomenal woman of the science world. Curie was a pioneer in creating valuable space for women to enter into the sciences field which was very much men dominated.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood

she acknowledges and help us highlight another tray of phenomenal women, their ability of perception, emotional intelligence and courage.

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To sum up our quest in portraying a phenomenal woman, I would like to quote  Jane Goodall a phenomenal scientist and animal rights’ activist. Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, she braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives, the chimpanzees.

Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential.”

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I would greatly value your input and your thoughts on what makes a women in your life “phenomenal”.

Please share also in the comments below, other inspiring quotes from phenomenal women that help define what a phenomenal woman is for you.

Stay phenomenal and celebrate phenomenal women wherever you find them!


 

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2 thoughts on “Inspiring Words from 7 Phenomenal Women”

  1. I am at the worst, lowest part in my life right now. so reading these lifted me up! Thank you for doing this

    1. Hi Tami, thank you so much for your kind words.
      I m sorry to read you are at the lowest part in your life right now. I know it is not much of a help to say to you that you are not alone or that things WILL GET better. I know it does not help a lot. I could only share with you what I do when I am through dark times: I let myself dive in sorrow for a while if I need to – but in the same time, I am trying to remember and focus on the good things I have in my life. And I always say to myself, that there are so many people out there in much much worse situation than I am. And this thought, somehow, makes me see my own problems as smaller and less important. And, as I grow older, I know that all wounds heal eventually. They just need their time. Some of these wounds are deeper and leave scars which I wear with pride. Because they are the marks of the difficult paths I have walked. They are the witnesses of my own struggles and the proof I am a survivor.
      I hope you will feel better soon and that your wounds will heal quickly.
      Sending you my warmest wishes and thoughts.

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