Feb 17, 2017
Please Help Me and My Baby
I am currently 7 months pregnant. I am a freelancer and work 4 jobs, but have no paid maternity leave... and I just found out that I owe $3000 in car repairs as well as $1700 to the IRS. This is more money than I even have saved up to take time off after I give birth. At this point, I have no idea what to do. I thought I was being diligent and saving for the baby, and then right when I am about to give birth, I get hit with the two most expensive things I have ever owed in my life. I have a massive anxiety disorder, and at this point I am truly worried about going into preterm labor if things continue this way. The last thing I would ever want to do is ask anyone for help, but if I can't raise money there is a good chance I will not have a place to live anymore because I cannot afford rent, bills, and pay off these repairs and pay the IRS. I would be so grateful to anyone that could help me because I don't know what else to do. I feel completely desperate. Taxes are due in April (my due date is April 11th) and I took out a second credit card to try and get the car fixed; I travel for work and am planning on working up until I give birth so I can't not have a car. However, I just don't have the funds to pay this off when I am about to be on unpaid maternity leave. I am trying to be positive but to be honest I am so scared and I am really worried for my unborn baby. Thank you so much if you took the time to read this.
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
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! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.
Delivered 1851 at the Women's Convention