Sarah M. Grimké
American Philanthropist and Writer
1792 – 1873 A.D.
Sarah Moore Grimké, an American philanthropist and writer. Her father was an eminent lawyer and scholar in Charleston, S.C.
From early youth Miss Grimké felt a strong repugnance to slavery, and on receiving slaves by inheritance she immediately set them free.
About 1828 she removed to Philadelphia and joined the society of Friends. In 1836 she began to lecture against slavery, and her addresses had great influence on public opinion.
In 1837 – 1838 she visited Massachusetts, making many public speeches, and wrote for Garrison’s Liberator a series of letters on The Equality of the Sexes, which were afterward published in a volume. In these letters all the principles and nearly all of the arguments since advanced by the woman’s rights party were anticipated.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.