I’ve had my copy of Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul since I was a teenager. And I can’t get rid of it because of this one excerpt from Oprah Winfrey, from her speech addressing the graduates from all-female Spelman College in 1993.
Be a Queen
Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of women who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Take it on! Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is – your home, your office, your family – with a loving heart.
Be a queen. Be tender. Continue to give birth to new ideas and rejoice in your womanhood…My prayer is that we will stop wasting time being mundane and mediocre…We are daughters of God – here to teach the world how to love…
It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, where you come from, who your parents are – nor your social or economic status. None of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world…
Be a queen. Own your power and your glory!
– Oprah Winfrey