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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more
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Truth (1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from
1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist
and women's rights activist. She wrote an autobiography, with the
help of Olive Gilbert, titled Narrative
of Sojourner Truth