Extract from Sojourner Truth's diary

Sojourner Truth (c1797 - 1883)

Born into slavery, she ran away as a young woman to New York. She took the name Sojourner Truth and preached against sin, especially the sin of slavery.

"That man over there he say a woman needs to be helped into carriages and lifted over ditches and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helped me into carriages or over mud puddles or gives me a best place....

Ain't I a woman? Look at me, look at my arm! I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns and no man could head me... Ain't I a woman?

I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get to it and bear the lash as well and ain't I a woman?

I have born thirteen children and seen most of them sold into slavery and when I cried out a mother's grief none but Jesus heard me... and ain't I a woman?

That little man in black there say a woman can't have as much rights as a man cause Christ wasn't 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, together women ought to be able to turn it rightside up again."