Sojourner Truth Speech - Ain't I A Woman?
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Sojourner Truth Speech
Ain't I A Woman?
The Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio - December, 1851
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 as much 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 most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried
out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a