INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY … and ain’t I a woman?

THE POET BY DAY

373px-Carte_de_visiteOne of the many guises in which poetry presents itself:  Here American actress Alfrie Woodard delivers New Yorker Sojourner Truth‘s spontaneous speech, Ain’t I a Woman. Sojourner gave this speech at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio in May of 1851. Ain’t I a Woman is posted here today in honor of Black History Month and International Women’s Day. The theme for the later this year is gender parity.

SOJOURNER TRUTH (1797-1883)

African-American Abolitionist and Women’s Right Activist

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“IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

“And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

“The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of…

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