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Wise Women of the World

Updated on October 30, 2012

The Power of Wise Women

Wise Women know they are the power in their lives and that they have the ability to achieve any goal they desire.

Wise Women deserve respect and attention for who they are and who they inspire others to be.

" I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou

The Four Matriarchs!

Seeka The Four Matriarchs Judaic Pin P0240
Seeka The Four Matriarchs Judaic Pin P0240

- Sarah, Leah, Rachel & Rebecca, the Four Matriarchs, are honored in this beautiful Judaic pin

- The women dangle below a sweet hand-painted landscape

- Each piece is truly like a miniature artwork


Phenomenal Woman - by Maya Angelou

phenomenal woman
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


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


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


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


Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

Celebrate Wise Women

Wise Women: A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty
Wise Women: A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty

In ancient times, older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom. The 80 portraits are of women from all walks of life, from the famous, Sandra Day O'Connor, Julie Harris, and Angela Lansbury, to the ordinary, such as our own mothers and grandmothers.


Celebrating Women Leaders

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Reaching For The Stars

Reaching For The Stars
Reaching For The Stars

The Beauty of a Woman

The Beauty of a Woman
The Beauty of a Woman

Women Who Have Changed The World!

Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers
Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers

With such noted writers as Joan Didion, Mary Jo Salter, Alice Walker and Gloria Steinem, this compilation of images and words commemorates some of the world's most powerful women. This book celebrates eminent women, like Anna Pavlova, Jane Goodall, Mother Theresa, Oprah, Frida Kahlo and Virginia Woolf from the perspectives of other women luminaries.


Who Were the Women Who Inspired You?

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    • sheriangell profile image


      8 years ago

      My grandmother who alway had my back no matter what, Rosa Parks because she "just trying to get home from work", India Arie because her music lifts me up.

      Nicely done and blessed by an Angel today!

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have a rather eclectic list. Queen Elizabeth, for her unfailing devotion to duty and grace under pressure, Madonna for her ability to think outside the box and reinvent herself, Dian Fossey for her courageous work in animal welfare and all the women in my Tai Chi group for their commitment to health and positive energy. Plus all the women mentioned on this page, of course.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      Great collection of links to women we all should know!

    • cjsysreform profile image


      9 years ago

      Judith Herman, Rosa Parks, Carol Gilligan, bell hooks, my sixth-grade teacher Oakley Hoerth, Kathleen Hanna, Christine Lavin, Lauren Slater.

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      kellywissink lm 

      9 years ago

      Welcome to the Success Team Group! - Kelly

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      9 years ago

      Great lense!



    • julcal profile image


      10 years ago

      and I nominated it !

    • julcal profile image


      10 years ago

      Spectacular lens! Knock down gorgeous opening picture and poem! Fabulous idea and follow through. 5*, FAV, twitter, Facebook, and I'm buying "Wise Women..." I LOVE talking with older women. they KNOW so much!

      Thanks for this lens!

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I think the woman who inspired me the most was my mum.

      No kidding! If anyone had a problem or needed help .. she was the

      one ready, and available. Someday, when I'm ready, I'll like to make

      a lens about her.

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      10 years ago

      An inspiring lens about inspiring women...great job!

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Ah, the power of women indeed! Do you know they say there are more female lensmasters? My guess would have been Maya Angelou as a very wise woman that has quite a following.

    • gbenton789 profile image


      10 years ago

      wow - love it - I want to go through the list and read about everyone of these women 5* and faved. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      The woman who inspired me the most is Eleanor Roosevelt. NO doubt about it.

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      daoine lm 

      10 years ago

      Welcome to the Phenomenal Women group :)

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      daoine lm 

      10 years ago

      A really inspiring selection of wise women. If we all spent a few moments each day learning from these great women, I think we could do so much.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      10 years ago

      I love the poem Phenomenal Women

      by Maya Angelou. It is one of my favorites.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful lens. I am going to try to read all your recommended lenses about great women.

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      10 years ago

      Hi Monarch,

      Thanks for joining the Activists Sound Off Group!

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      Webcodes LM 

      10 years ago

      WOnderful tribute. 5*

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      Deb Bryan 

      10 years ago from Chico California

      Thank you! This is an awesome lens. I'm lensrolling it to a few of mine. :D 5*FAV

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I love it. Dawn Staley

      The Women of Afghanistan You have such wonderful women there. 5*

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      10 years ago

      Hopefully we will all become women of wisdom!!! Thanks for this lens.

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      Spook LM 

      10 years ago

      Great lens, more Americans you read it. It might open a few eyes.


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