Aint I A woman?

1851 vs. now

“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 man better let em.”

-Sojourner Truth, 1851

I think about that quote often and wonder about the progress we have truly made as women.

Women, especially African American women, have fought endlessly in the name of justice and equality.

The fight in still going.

So, how does a woman truly gain equality in America?

Maybe first we have to recognize our worth.

What does that mean?

It sure isn’t a simple answer but a challenge to get to know yourself, love yourself, and begin to live life like you mean it.

Women are portrayed in many ways in media and entertainment. It is often less than strong, independent, or successful.

Taking a look at history, the discrepancies in our representation are apparent.

All through history woman have proved to be the foundation of this world so what’s up?

Sojourner Truth was sold with a flock of sheep for $100 at the age of 9, but she was determined to become much more and was able to recognized her true worth.

We can recognize our true worth. The scenario may be different, but the lesson is the same. We have to protect our virtue and realize we are not what someone says we are. We are not what reality television says we are. We are not easily manipulated.

We are worth much more than what is suggested.

Sojourner Truth was more than admirable for escaping slavery, a hero for not staying hidden.

How brave are you? Can you escape the confinement of your mind and remain in a state of awareness?

Sojourner Truth went on to help others as an abolitionist and women’s rights activist using her voice and qualities and gift to help others.

How will you use your voice? How can you use your voice?

Aint we this same type of woman?

-Maya

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(Photo Cred: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth)

Watch Kerry Washington recite the full speech “Ain’t I a Woman” by Sojourner Truth here 

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