“Ain’t I a Woman?” In 1851, a former slave became a luminary of the women’s rights movement. Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree, delivered an impassioned speech later titled “Ain’t I a Woman?” that questioned society’s out-of-kilter view and treatment of women.
In Truth’s day, there was no Women’s History Month, but instead a tireless, year-round fight against injustice and inequality. Explore resources and join Discovery Education in amplifying the bold voices and actions of women past and present.
National Council of Women
March 31, 1888 – Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others, organize the National Council of Women of the U.S., the oldest non-sectarian women’s organization in the U.S.
Watch: The Era of Women’s Firsts
Discussion Questions: What does Sojourner Truth mean by her rhetorical question “Ain’t I a Woman?” What examples does she give to support her argument for women’s equality?
March 31, 1776 – Abigail Adams urges her husband John Adams, who was on the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence, to “remember the ladies.”
Discussion Questions: How does Abigail Adams help her husband John write the Declaration of Independence? What does Abigail mean by her statement, “Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken”?
April 2, 1931 – 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell, the second woman to play baseball in the all-male minor leagues, pitches an exhibition game against the NY Yankees striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The next day, the baseball commissioner voided her contract, claiming baseball was too strenuous for women.
Watch: Players in Pigtails
Discussion questions: What was a stereotype in baseball before the formation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL)? How did Katie Casey and the other women in the AAGPBL help undo that stereotype?
April 7, 1805 – Sacagawea accompanies Lewis and Clark as the only female on the expedition team, navigating thousands of miles of dangerous terrain all the while with an infant on her back.
Discussion Questions: Why is Sacagawea seen as an invaluable member of the expedition team? How does she exhibit courage and intelligence during her lifetime?