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And Ain't I a Woman?

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Payton Brooks

on 11 April 2017

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Transcript of And Ain't I a Woman?


something out of kilter.

That man over there say 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?
I think that ‘twixt the Negroes of the South and the women of the North, all talking about rights the white men will be in a fix pretty soon.

But what’s all this here talking about?
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!
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 them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me!
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it?
[Intellect, someone whispers]

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?
Then 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.
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 men better let me.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.
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