Quotes from Maya Angelou and the #YesAllWomen Movement that You Need to Hear

Maya Angelou – the powerfully-spoken and passionately kind poet, playwright, actor, and activistdied peacefully May 28th at age 86. She left behind a true legacy and many inspirational words we can all live by. Here are just a few of her thoughts on forgiveness, self-respect, and love to keep in mind:

  1. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  2. “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
  3. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”
  4. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. 
  5. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” 
  6. We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.” 
  7. “I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

And finally Maya’s last tweet before her death: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” 

Maya Angelou in her younger days, via edel.edu

In addition to quotes posted in remembrance of Angelou, my twitter feed was filled with the equally powerful #YesAllWomen movement in the past week. The movement was fueled recent shooting massacre by Elliot Rodger who felt murderously angry due to women rejecting him sexually. It was his entitlement, his desire to be an “alpha male” as he said, that led to this horrific violence. The #YesAllWomen movement calls attention to the unjust standards placed on both men and women and hopes to effect change by starting a much-needed conversation. It isn’t about hating men, but rather challenging the logic most men and women are surrounded by in our culture. Below are some tweets I found particularly enlightening and necessarily said:


Paige Marie, @peeg13: Because when girls go to college they’re buying pepper spray and rape whistles while guys are buying condoms

Addie Wagenknecht, @wheresaddie: Because men don’t text each other that they got home safe.

Christine Nangle, @nanglish: Because a lot of you are reading these and thinking “ugh yeah, we get it. Calm down.”

For more #YesAllWomen search the hashtag on twitter and for more uplifting Maya Angelou quotes, I would suggest her goodreads page! https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3503.Maya_Angelou

– Jenny Henderson

All #YesAllWomen quotes via Twitter and http://sfglobe.com/?id=871&src=share_fb_new_871