Is there truly a single standard in which woman are treated? This topic has always been one of great controversy. In the current generation, women are placed on the same level, if not higher than men. One issue, however, is that remnants of the past continue to linger on in mans view of woman as a part of society. In "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, "Ain't I a woman?" by Sojourner Truth and "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy, women can be seen in many roles, and are treated on a varying basis as opposed to the stable place men hold in society.Initially, in some forms of literature women are put into a positive light, in the manner in which they have the ability to use tactics such as complete dominance over their mate. Angelou asserts this by proposing that a woman, if she is in fact teeming with confidence, can essentially cause men to "fall down on their knees". Woman are said to, by Angelou, to have an "inner mystery" that men "wonder what they see", which attests to the fact that if women master the art of confidence, that they can ultimately gain the respect as well as be fully described by men.