Marcela Cisneros

"Ain't I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth, to me, reflects the ideas of feminism in her speech "Ain't I a Woman?". Sojourner Truth adequately expresses intolerance of being belittled by men and their "scandals". Her speech is a product of a pondering mind suffering beneath a disarray of beliefs and turmoil. The year 1851 was still in the time of tumultuous disorder of a country in itself. I honestly deeply praise her speech because I find such strength and inspiration in her bold sentences. She speaks as if the world could not harm her.

Sojourner Truth's main arguments revolve around the fact that men seem to be easily able to mock and detest the woman. Quite evidently so, women do not have the same amount of privileges in government as men do. Truth quickly addresses this clause with: "Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men—" Although, Truth rapidly decimates the man's point when he says "—'cause Christ wasn't a woman." She points out that Christ was born from God and a God woman. She equalizes man and women's rights by divinely stating women have the same power as men—even in the heavens.

Truth also rectifies the unjust conflict that women are to be treated kindly and delicately. She boldly, nearly angrily, states that though she is a woman, she is never treated with such respect. She inquires to what makes those women any different or greater than her. She compares herself to any man—having the same strength qualities and work skills, as well as being capable of each and every hardship they endure. She asks, "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!" Sojourner Truth also declares herself to be as mentally tough because of the suffering she lived past in the following: "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!"

Sojourner Truth was a woman with a strong heart and soul—those which can be broken and beaten but will never give in. I am certain she remained headstrong and bold till the end; and I am positive that in the end, the recognition and honor she was offered upon her death made up for the sufferings and hardships of her life. I'm positive Truth's soul rose up and flew along with the other hopeful people of slavery.