Sojourner Truth quote: “Ain’t I a Woman?”



“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?”

– Sojourner Truth

Vintage sepia-tone photograph of Sojourner Truth, an African-American woman, sitting with her knitting work. She wears a mid-19th century dress with a white head wrap and spectacles. She appears composed and gazes directly at the camera, embodying a sense of dignity and resolve. There is a caption at the bottom of the image that reads, 'I sell the shadow to support the substance. Sojourner Truth.
Sojourner Truth

“Sojourner Truth quote: ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’” sources:

Ain’t I a Woman Speech by Sojourner Truth at the Women’s Convention, Akron, Ohio in 1851 / Sojourner Truth Wikiquote / Portrait taken in 1864 – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,


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