In 1851 Sojourner Truth gave a famous women’s rights speech in Ohio.
As Frances Gage, a white woman, reported, a man at the meeting ridiculed the idea of women’s independence by saying that women needed “to be helped into carriages.”
Sojourner Truth then stood tall, about six feet tall, and exclaimed:
“Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! 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! 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! And ain’t I a woman?”