Ain’t I a woman, too? Three lessons on womanhood from Sojourner Truth 

1. Women are powerful.

All through history woman have proved to be the foundation of this world.

“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 and the fight in still going.

2. A woman’s self awareness is crucial for survival.

Sojourner Truth was sold with a flock of sheep for $100 at the age of 9, but she was determined to become much more than a girl sold with a flock of sheep. She was able to recognized her true worth and became an inspiration to generations of woman that came after.
So, how does a woman truly gain equality in America? Maybe first we have to recognize our worth. 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.

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.

3. A small act of bravery can be heroic.

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

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

After all, we this same type of woman.

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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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