Aint I a Woman - Short Essay

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Social change is an adjustment in behavioral patterns or cultural values over a period of time. An example is in Sojourner Truths’ speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” which was given during the time of Women’s Rights Suffrage Movement. She invokes a sense of power to overcome race and gender inequality. Toward the end of her speech, Sojourner inspires her audience to act on the inequality and injustices that she and most women face. She does this by referring to the impact the Christian figure of the world’s first woman, Eve, had on the world. She stated, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!” (Truth). By doing so, Truth attempts to draw in her audience so they can relate to her plan to fight justice. She believes that if all women, regardless of race or gender, work together, they should be able to achieve their goals of changing society’s behavior towards them. Similarly, in the play, “It’s Morning” by Shirley Graham, there is awareness by people who also want change. In the beginning of the play, Cissie listens to Grannie’s story about a woman who killed her own child so the child would not have to suffer the life of African Americans. While listening, Cissie begins to contemplate infanticide after realizing that there is no escaping their horrible lives any other way besides death. She eventually decides to end the life of her child Millie, refusing to be an African American mother. This refusal is a desperate attempt to make a change in the life of her daughter comparable to Truth’s attempt to make a change in the woman community. Another example is in the play “Safe” by Georgia Douglas Johnson. In the play, Liza was restricted of being able to protect her own child’s life. After hearing a young boy being lynched for killing a white man to protect himself, Liza began to realize how much easier life was for a girl in society it...
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