An Honorable Woman Essay

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The meaning of the word honor depends on what dictionary you decide to use, as it can have many different perceptions. According to Merriam-Webster, the word honor means “a good name or public esteem; a showing of mutually merited respect", but Oxford Dictionaries says it means "a great privilege". Honor to me means having the highest level of respect for someone that has achieved what others may have thought impossible. It takes an extraordinary human to put themselves last and strive to make this world a better place. Since the beginning of time, several women have been recognized as honorable for their achievements and good deeds. Some honorable women in history are Susan B. Anthony, ...view middle of the document...

She's written several inspirational pieces including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "The Heart of a Woman". She has become an honorable, national figure, gaining a large, international audience. Many presidents of the United States have invited Maya for several different award ceremonies and presentations. She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, Spingarn Medal, Langston Hughes Medal, Marian Anderson Award, Gracie Allen Award, Women in Film Crystal Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - nonfiction, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - poetry, and the Quill Award for Poetry. Today, Maya Angelou is still participating in events such as public speaking at William and Mary College in Virginia at the age of 86.
At the age of 13, my mother inspired me to write poetry by constantly singing romantic Spanish songs. The beautiful rhythms and the floetry of the songs were captivating. Eventually, instead of simply writing in my diary, it was so much easier for me to express myself through poetry. I continued writing poetry until I experienced a traumatizing event my sophomore year at a boarding high school. I felt as though my parents had abandoned me, so I didn't really have any emotional support. My life didn't start turning around until I was exposed to Maya Angelou's writing. Some of my favorite writings are Amazing Peace, Still I Rise, and Phenomenal Woman. The more I read about her, I have...

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