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Notable Quotable: Sojourner Truth

"Why children, if you have woman’s rights, give it to her and you will feel better. You will have your own rights, and they won’t be so much trouble." — Sojourner Truth

After escaping slavery with her infant daughter, Sojourner Truth went on to become a preacher, abolitionist, renowned orator, and women's right advocate. As noted in the new National Endowment for the Arts publication, Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Wome's Suffrage, this excerpt is from a speech Truth gave in 1851 at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio. A newspaper account of the speech said it was “impossible to transfer to paper, or convey any adequate idea of the effect it produced upon the audience.” More than a decade later, suffragist Frances Gage published a different version of the speech, which has come to be called, "Ain't I a Woman?" 

This undated photograph of Sojourner Truth is one of 117 women’s suffrage-related images in Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Women's Suffrage, available for download as a PDF or an audiobook.

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