When did women in today’s world becoming so
fearful? The brave and fearless women of the past did not fight against society for our rights so that we can stand in a man’s shadow. So many strong and powerful women have stood up with dignity, when society labeled them as property, when society stripped them of their pride and left them with no hope for the future. The lies were meant to control women, but the truth is the lies is what create generation of fighter and leaders like Sojourner Truth.
Sojourner Truth was named the world’s oldest lecturer; she is known for her fearlessness to speak out about the truth of injustice treatment of women. Sojourner truth is one of the forgotten brave women who paved the way for women’s freedom. She did not hide in anyone’s shadow instead she stood up during a meeting as Fredrick Douglass, a well-known ex-slave was closing out his speech and she asked him, “Is God dead?” It was unusual for a woman of the era to boldly question a man, but she did.
December of 1851 Sojourner Truth delivered a speech at a women’s convention in Akron, Ohio called,
“Ain’t I a Women?”
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 woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.
Halsall, Paul. “Internet History Sourcebooks.” Internet History Sourcebooks. N.p., Aug. 1997. Web. 26 Dec. 2016.