Article by Sharon Eden
A phenomenal woman died last week. Maya Angelou, activist and poet. She wrote about you, a woman, not idealised as in glossy magazines, or defined as wife, mother, lover, angel, whore… But womanly, standing in your own ground as WOMAN!
An uncertain childhood, raped at 8 by her mother’s ‘friend’, she told her family and the man was killed (possibly by one of her uncles). Five and a half years of being mute followed, for understandable reasons… She recalls it as, “I chose not to speak!”
And that’s just for starters. The woman led an awesome life as a warm, open and loving human being, despite trauma and abuse. Now, whether you’ve experienced trauma and abuse or not, Maya speaks for you and me, 50+ women in all our...