If no one will promote or respect us, let us promote and respect ourselves. –Maria W. Stewart, 1831

Maria W. Stewart

If no one will promote or respect us, let us promote and respect ourselves. –Maria W. Stewart, 1831

In the 1830s, Maria W. Stewart, a free black abolitionist and feminist from Boston, was the first American woman to break a prevalent taboo of her era by giving public speeches to mixed audiences of men and women.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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2 Responses

  1. Em says:

    I love this! It would be great to see this as a quote embroidered or something!

  2. Sherrie says:

    I love this quote!

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If no one will promote or respect us, let us promote and respect ourselves. –Maria W. Stewart, 1831