Ain't I A Woman
This book is now a classic of the women's movements, as well as a much-needed critique when it was published. You may recognize the title as the well-known line of a famous speech by Sojourner Truth. She spoke after a man who had claimed that women were naturally inferior because they were so weak that they couldn't do any work. Sojourner, however, as an ex-slave, was able to disprove his argument by the work she'd been forced to endure. And so the book has this theme. It shows black women have been ignored by the public and the women's movement while enduring the double disadvantage of being black and female.
Documenting the oppression and negative stereotyping of black women, she extends it to a critique of the women's movement. In the early movement, many feminists worked to abolish slavery.
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