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Sarah Moore Grimke. Gaby Wielgus. Early Influences. Born in 1792 to a very wealthy plantation family in S outh Carolina B ecame appalled by the treatment of slaves on the plantation Oppressed by traditional women’s roles in society, especially regarding education

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Sarah moore grimke

Sarah Moore Grimke

Gaby Wielgus


Early influences

Early Influences

  • Born in 1792 to a very wealthy plantation family in South Carolina

  • Became appalled by the treatment of slaves on the plantation

  • Oppressed by traditional women’s roles in society, especially regarding education

  • Began publicly rebelling against slavery and the societal status of women as a teenager


Career

Career

  • In 1821, left home for Philadelphia to become a Quaker minister

  • Was rejected because of her sex, but later traveled around New York with her sister giving speeches on abolition and women’s rights

  • Eventually became a prominent speaker at a time when women were not allowed to speak publicly


Career1

Career

  • Went on to publish several books

    • An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States

    • Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

    • Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women

  • Concerned the importance of personal religion in people’s lives and the importance of abolitionism and women’s rights


Career2

Career

  • In 1836, joined the American Anti-Slavery Society

    • However, faced disapproval and exclusion because of her stance on women’s rights

  • Continued to be asked to speak publicly despite disapproval

  • Retired from public advocacy around 1840


Legacy

Legacy

  • First to publish cohesive work on women’s rights

  • Encouraged many others to become active in society regarding women’s rights and abolition

  • Viewed as a “feminist ground breaker”

  • Had very large public influence on issues which were hotly debated

  • Expressed enormous influence as an advocate not only of abolition but also racial and gender equality


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