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Rest in peace, Maya Angelou

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The amazing Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

As her obituaries will surely reflect, it’s impossible to sum up Angelou’s work under a single label — or three. She was a poet, writer, activist, singer, actress, dancer, director. She was a teen mother and San Francisco’s first black female cable car conductor. She once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” And in that she’s clearly succeeded.

Here she is reading her poem “Still I Rise.”

Read the text here.

Maya DusenberyMaya‘s got a pretty impressive namesake.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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