Lauren Rikleen Receiving an Award

Phenomenal Women Awards Program

Date: 
March 11, 2009
City: 
Framingham, MA
Organization: 
Framingham State College Office of Multicultural Affairs

Congratulations to the following 2009 Phenomenal Women:

Stephanie Bademosi, Hannah Bruce, Ali-Rai Clark, Rita Colucci, Dr. Susan Conrad, Samantha Hamel, Sally Kiss, Chelsea Klein, Christine Laselle, Bethany McDonald, Dawn Ross and Angel Seto

Phenomenal Woman

by: Dr. Maya Angelou

"Pretty women may 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 is the reach of my arms, the span of my hips,

The stride of my steps, 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 to their knees.

Then they swarm around me, a hive of honey bees.

I say, it is the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist, 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 the arch of my back, the sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts, the grace of my smile.

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."