Quotation by Sojourner Truth

Dat man ober dar say dat womin needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted ober ditches, and to hab de best place everywhar. Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles, or gibs me any best place! And a'n'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 a'n't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man—when I could get it—and bear de lash as well! And a'n't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern, and seen 'em mos' all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And a'n't I a woman?
Sojourner Truth (1797–1883), African American human rights activist and preacher. As represented by Frances D. Gage and printed in The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1, ch. 6 (1881).

Remarks made on the second day of the Woman's Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio, May 28-29, 1851; Truth was responding to male supremacist comments made by some men in attendance. Gage, the President of the Convention, wrote up Truth's remarks from memory. Born a slave in Ulster County, New York, and named Isabella Baumfree, Truth had been freed by New York State law in 1827. In 1843, she had a religious vision which led her to change her name and become an itinerant preacher. She also became a prominent and beloved figure in the woman suffrage and anti-slavery movements.
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