Today we say goodbye to an author, poet, civil rights activist, and overall badass bitch, Maya Angelou. Talk about a fucking Renaissance woman.
This betch went through some real crazy shit, like getting molested and her parents’ divorce, yet despite all the odds stacked against her, she managed to come out of it all winning big, earning tons of awards for her writing including being named the Poet Laureate.
Despite the fact that she’s often referred to as Dr. Maya Angelou, she never even went to college. She spoke 6 languages and was a pro at living abroad, having worked in Egypt and Ghana. She also ran with a super famous and influential clique, including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and even Oprah.
Make no mistake, Maya Angelou was a smart betch who valued strength, intellect, and beauty, aka the Holy Trinity of betch qualities. Some of her betchiest and most influential quotes include:
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Basically what us betches have been doing since birth, but put way more eloquently so you could use it as your high school yearbook quote without sounding too conceited.
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” – That’s right, betch! Maya Angelou, the life coach you never knew you had, until now.
“You should never make someone a priority who views you as an option.” – AKA the Head Pro’s advice column, in one sentence.
R.I.P., Maya Angelou. I honestly thought you were immortal, but given that literally everyone knows I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, you actually kind of are.