Ain’t I a Woman?

4 Feb

Ain’t I a Woman? Sojourner Truth.

Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit

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https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/sojtruth-woman.asp

Modern History Sourcebook:
Sojourner Truth:
“Ain’t I a Woman?”, December 1851


Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain’t I A Woman?
Delivered 1851
Women’s Convention, Akron, Ohio

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

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! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work…

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