This picture is of a baby girl who was born to an unwed 13 year old mother with no father because her mother was raped. Now if you think of a woman like that, no one knew that she would have a bright future, not a single person. Her success and fame was not that much easier as we see and she had to overcome many horrible challenges in her life. She shaped her childhood and now her massive achievements are inspiring other people. The lady is an award-winning actress, media tycoon, producer and a patron. We count Oprah Winfrey among the most influential women internationally.
Oprah Winfrey Childhood
Born in Mississippi on 29th January, 1954 on an isolated farm. Her name was supposed to be the Orpah from the Bible, but due to pronunciation problem, she got the name Oprah Winfrey. Her parents, mother Vernita Lee and father Vernon Winfrey got separated right after her birth and Oprah stayed with her grandmother Hattie Mae Lee on a Mississippi farm.
Her grandmother taught her how to read at the age of 3 and encouraged her to fall in love with reading and books. From reading Bible to speaking at the church, Oprah started to mesmerize verses to her grandmother’s friends. At the age of 5, she admitted in kindergarten, but she already knew how to read and write so she moved into 1st grade.
At the age of 6, when her grandmother became ill, Oprah went to her mother and half-sister in a boarding house. At twelve, she was sent to live with her father and stepmother in a safe house, but soon Winfrey was called back by her mother and her poor lifestyle had a negative effect on her life.
Oprah Winfrey’s and her sexual abusive life
She was first sexually abused at the age of 9, while babysitting Vernita’s children. One day, his 19-year-old cousin took her for ice cream and raped her by telling her to keep it secret. This was not the end as for the next few years, she faced more abuse from the man she trusted, who was from her family friend and uncle. She kept silent about all and decided to live in the same dangerous environment for years.
Oprah was unable to share her abusive experience with anyone even not with her mother, who offered very little help to the girl. The consequences were so terrible that Oprah started to skip school, stole money from her mother, started to date boys and even ran away. Her mother didn’t accept all this behavior and sent her back to her father’s home. She became pregnant at the age of 14, but didn’t tell anyone until she spent seven months in pregnancy and went into early labor. On the same day, she told her father about everything and delivered a baby boy, but the baby died within two weeks. Soon after this, her life started to change as she continued her education and returned to the public speaking.
Oprah as a successful lady
Now, as I told you the story of this woman, would you feel sorry for her? A lot of us would. Let’s say today this woman is a complete wreck, totally depressed on drugs, would you blame her? A lot of people won’t blame her, they will say it’s not her fault it is the environment. Today, she is one of the most successful, inspirational and wealthiest women in the world. She is none other than Oprah Winfrey.
According to the Forbes magazine, she is the richest African American of the 20th century and many magazines called her as the most influential woman of her generation. Oprah is a dedicated activist for children’s rights and she founded the Family for Better Lives Foundation and also contributed her time and money for humanity.
She has made many contributions to many institutions and organization like, Morehouse College, the United Negro College Fund, the Harold Washington Library, and Tennessee State University. Moreover, in November 2013, President Obama gave her an honor of the nation’s highest civilian for her mind blowing contributions to her country.
She said in an interview, “Whatever happens, happens for a reason. It’s because of my tough childhood because of the pain that I went through that it has made me a very strong woman. And today nothing can shake my foundation.”
Oprah is an inspiration for every woman out there. ‘When there is a will there is way’.
As she says, ”Turn your wounds into your wisdom.”
Take a bad experience and use it against everything. It is okay to fall for once or twice. Go ahead, fall down. The world looks different from the ground. God has made such people so you can take inspiration. If she can, why can’t we? Don’t pity on yourself women and don’t let others pity on you.