“Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.” –William Lloyd Garrison, 1853

William Lloyd Garrison

“I have been derisively called a ‘Woman Rights Man.’ I know no such distinction. I claim to be a Human Rights Man; and wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.” –William Lloyd Garrison, 1853

There is a common thread running through the stories of early women’s rights activists like Maria W. Stewart, Sarah and Angelina Grimké, Lucy Stone and Sojourner Truth; their rise to fame was aided by the support of William Lloyd Garrison.  Happy birthday to William Lloyd Garrison, born on December 10, 1805.

William Lloyd Garrison is one of the suffragists featured in the first Ask a Suffragist book, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists. Get it today!

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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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"Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.” –William Lloyd Garrison, 1853