A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
- enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to.
- something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.
- a youth she’s content to leave behind.
- a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age.
- a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
- one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry.
- a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family.
- eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored.
- a feeling of control over her destiny.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
- how to fall in love without losing herself.
- how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend, without ruining the friendship.
- when to try harder… and when to walk away.
- that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
- that her childhood may not have been perfect, but its over.
- what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more.
- how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it.
- whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally.
- where to go, be it to her best friend’s kitchen table, or a charming inn in the woods, when her soul needs soothing.
- what she can and can’t accomplish in a day… a month…and a year…
Girls, contrary to popular belief, Mary Angelou didn’t write this. It’s Pamela Redmond Satran, a Glamour Magazine columnist, who got it published in 1997, the article's titled What Every Woman Should Know by the Time She's 30.