The harsh reality that used to suffocate womxn was the idea that their only duty in this life was to be a wonderful mother and wife. Womxn were once raised to believe that as long as they are by a man’s side, then their life would be all set: but as a housewife of course. However, we have entered a modern reality where this is no longer a singular truth. This shifting reality has even been embedded into our literature.
[bf_image id="rmhqwftfjq69gg8mv3srtbx"] However, jumping into our now modern twenty-first century, we know why, because we are not at the beck and call of any man and we live in a society that is heavily prevalent with self-love and womxn empowerment. Maya Angelou is regarded to be one of the most successful and well-established poets of our time. With her poem, Phenomenal Woman, she managed to capture the epitome of where a womxn’s headspace is today. In her poem, she notes other womxn’s curiosity as to her where her confidence comes from, and she says “I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size...It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step…” this is important because throughout her poem she is merely building on herself and all her little intricacies as a person, but it’s her confidence which makes her radiate. She even highlights how men succumb to her like bees to honey. Many modern womxn reflect the same stance.
[bf_image id="htsw5srvnjnt37tbr4nmrn"] Womxn are no longer preoccupied with, nor inclined, to drop the so-called “playthings of [their] life,” instead we see a new generation of bossed-up womxn prepared to be phenomenal. Being a mother and a wife is no longer at the forefront of every womxn’s life, womxn choose and adapt as they wish and it is a beautiful sight to see.