Women 's Freedom And Equality Essay

1655 Words Oct 26th, 2016 7 Pages
The American people have always held freedom and equality in high standards for people it deemed in higher standards and who it would benefit best; instead of America as a whole. In “Ar’n’t I a Woman?”, Sojourner Truth is speaking to a Women’s Conference and expressing how white women want equal rights and the same privilege as men. In her speech she states, “That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere,” her reference of women being those that are White. Truth goes even further to acknowledging her treatment from White women as a Negro woman. “Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud puddles, or gives me the best at any place.” This further reiterates the lack of respect and curtesy Truth endured and while White women are speaking of equal rights and privilege, Truth barely gets the minimum. Truth’s speech points out how even though women are pursuing equality, they are not looking at the bigger picture and for as the rights of Negro women as well. Sojourner’s speech to the Convention points out the difference from the life of a Negro woman to White women, all the while reminding them that she is still a woman regardless of skin tone. Also, at this time in 1851 when Truth delivered this speech, Negros were still slaves. Truth ran away to freedom and even in her freedom acknowledged that even Negro women deserved to have equal rights ad the same privilege as men. “Ar’n’t I…

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