Rhea Harmsen

Sojourner Truth and Tahirih 

Sister Stars in a Constellation

In this women’s history month we pay tribute, (with a poem titled Sojourner and Tahirih) to two women who by the sheer force of their souls moved humanity forward in its path toward the emancipation of women.

They lived on different sides of the world but were contemporaries in the nineteenth century, two stars in a constellation of brilliant and dedicated women. They are impressive not only by their records of achievement but also by the tremendous sacrifices they made.

The first one is well known to western historians. She is Isabella Baumfree, better known as Sojourner Truth. She was an itinerant speaker for the cause of abolition and women’s suffrage, after having been a slave for most of her life, having borne thirteen children and lost most of them thru their sale to other plantations.

We remember Sojourner Truth in particular…

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About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at rheaharmsen.com
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