Women of Influence

At the Women’s Convention of 1851 Sojourner Truth gave her famous speech “Ain’t I A Woman” At one point, reminding those that said women were not equal to men because Christ wasn’t a woman, that Christ had indeed been birthed through a woman by God without the help of man Having seen her own children sold she said she was pleading for her people, the mothers who gaze in wild despair upon the auction block and see their children there We come from generations of women whose greatness predates history For Harriet Tubman Refusing to push nor pull another mule After being “chattl’d” from one hand to the next while disabled by seizures, hypersomnia, and migraine headaches Temporal lobe epilepsy Proclaiming, “there is only two things I have right to, liberty or death, so if I could not have one I would have the other” We come from a line of trailblazers Rebecca Lee Crumpler the first African American female doctor and the only African American female to ever graduate from New England Female Medical College She said she early conceived a liking for, and sought every opportunity to relieve the sufferings of others Understanding the greatest reward is the opportunity to help one another Women like Ida B. Wells who documented the use of lynching in the United States to punish, control, and retaliate against black people Ida B. Wells who on May 4, 1884 in Memphis, TN, well before the Civil Rights Movement refused to give up her seat on a train It took 3 men to drag her off and then she successfully sued the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company A line of greats like Ella Baker Mary McLeod Bethune Bessie Coleman Susan B. Anthony Madame C.J. Walker Ruby Dee Shirley Chisholm Zora Neale Hurston who in her own words, had been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots Audre Lorde who famously stated, -those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older — know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. It is at this time that I must remind you we are resilient and powerful Like Marian Anderson, once denied permission to sing at a Daughter’s of the American Revolution hall, so she performed outside to a crowd of more than 75,000 and a radio audience in the millions For 8-year-old Marguerite Annie Johnson realizing the power of words can speak life or bring death so she intentionally spent the rest of her life using them wisely For every grandmother on bent knee praying over generations For every mother that’s sacrificed without regret to pour into her family For every woman who this touches You are beautiful You are loved You are important woman of influence

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