I Am a Man! is a declaration of civil rights, often used as a personal statement and as a declaration of independence against oppression. "Ain't I a Woman?" man is the name given to a speech, delivered extemporaneously, by Sojourner Truth, (1797–1883), born into slavery in New York State. Some time after gaining her freedom in 1827, she became a well known anti-slavery speaker. Her speech was delivered at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio, on May 29, 1851, and did not originally have a title.