Spreading Good News (Part 192 – Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?”)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or MOTIVATED and/or INFORMED and/or AWE-STRUCK and to take a break from all the negative news!!

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TODAY’S QUOTE

IF YOU’RE INVOLVED IN A MESS, LOOK AT YOURSELF FIRST.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

Sojourner Truth did not have a formal education, but she sure had a way with words!

“Ain’t I A Woman?” by Sojourner Truth

(Delivered in 1851 at the Women’s Convention in 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 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.

Source:  The Internet

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~ Joyce Fields

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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3 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 192 – Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?”)

  1. Sandra says:

    OK, that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever read! Very powerful and timely.

    • I agree, Sandy! Thanks for the comment! Next Wednesday or Thursday I’ll post a piece by Beah Richards (the very talented actress who played Sidney Poitier’s mother in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”). Her piece will REALLY blow your mind!!

  2. Kortnie and Konto says:

    That was deep!

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