In the famous speech that sparked the poem, “Ain’t I a Woman,” Truth declared that women are strong and capable of bringing out important change. So why deny women the right to vote? (See Kerry Washington’s rendition of the speech here.)
That little man in black there say
a woman can't have as much rights as a man
cause Christ wasn't a woman.
Where did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman!
Man had nothing to do with him!
The crowd came to thunderous applause that night, and in many meetings thereafter. Until her death in 1883, Truth continued to lean into the life she was meant to live.
So, take heart, woman in ministry: He who called you is faithful. Now use your God-given freedom to be a powerhouse in your church and in your community, and lean into the calling God has given you.
Cara Meredith is a writer and speaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and co-host of Shalom in the City's monthly book club podcast. She holds a Masters of Theology (Fuller Seminary), and can be found on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.