“All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from our necks.” –Sarah Grimké, 1837

 

“All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from our necks and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy.” –Sarah Grimké, 1837

Happy birthday to Sarah Grimké, who fled her slave-holding upbringing and became an abolitionist, then became a feminist to defend her right to campaign for abolition. She was born on November 26, 1792.

Sarah Grimké is one of the suffragists featured in the first Ask a Suffragist book, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists, launching in Spring 2019.

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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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“All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from our necks.” –Sarah Grimké, 1837