A: The time period in which truth lived is the early 1970s and late 1960s, when it was popularly thought that women were inferior to men. As a result, many feminists began calling for equal rights and opportunities for both sexes. However, while there has been some progress in this regard (and rightfully so!), equality between the sexes still hasn’t been achieved. Women are often seen as different from men; they’re not taken seriously at work or school; they’re sometimes paid less than men; and society’s expectations of them reflect lower status than those placed on their male counterparts.
Q: What was “ain’t i a woman?” written about?
A: It was originally published in 1973 under the title “I Ain’t No Woman,” by Shirelles singer Shirley Alston (who also wrote it). In 1975, author Earl Reneau changed the title to “Woman I Am” and republished it with an updated cover. Then in 1986, he added more verses to make up what is now called the original version of “I Ain’t I A Woman.” This updated version became immensely popular after being featured on BET’s Behind The Music series during its second season — whereupon record companies rushed to capitalize on its success by reissuing Alston’s debut album with new covers featuring lyrics from all three versions!