Women's History Month: Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

 

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Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in 1797 in New York. She escaped slavery in 1826 and became an abolitionist and women's right activist. She is most known for her famous Ain't I a Woman speech that she delivered at the Ohio Women's Right Convention in Akron, Ohio on May 29, 1851. Here is an excerpt:

"That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere.  

Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place!  

And ain't I a woman?

Look at me! Look at my arm! And ain't I a woman?

I could work as much as a man and eat as much as a man when I could get it, and bear the lash as well!

And ain't I a woman?

I have borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me!

And ain't I a woman?"