On this day in 1888, Sojourner Truth helped establish the National Council of Women


Born Isabella Baumfree to a family of slaves in Ulster County, New York, the sixty-seven year old abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, pauses from her knitting and looks at the camera in this 1864 photograph. She was not only an antislavery activist and colleague of Frederick Douglass but also a memoirist and committed feminist. Truth sold multiple copies of this image to support her work in these areas. (AP/Photo)
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On March 31, 1888, Sojourner Truth helped establish the National Council of Women, the oldest private women’s organization in the nation. It was birthed on the heels of the anti-slavery movement, led by Truth and a host of other former slaves.

Truth joined forces with Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton and other women’s rights activists to represent the opinion and voice of women. Truth’s determination and dedication to help all men and women attain freedom was the pinnacle of the Council’s foundation.

Although Truth did not hold office, she represented the voices of enslaved people and Black women. Due to her input, today the organization maintains its diversity to influence economic, political and social decisions regarding women across America.

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