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Angelina Grimké: Digging up the Weed of Racism by the Roots Out of Each of Our Hearts (American 1805-1879)

On February 21, 1838 when Angelina Grimké gave a speech before the state house in Boston, Massachusetts, many already knew her name and had heard her speak. But this was a first: “Until this, no American woman had ever spoken to a legislative body. Women did not vote nor stand for office and had no influence in political affairs. They received inferior elementary schooling and were, with the exception of recently opened Oberlin College, excluded from all institutions of higher learning. No church, except the Quakers, permitted women any voice in church affairs or in the ministry. The belief...

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Sarah Grimké: Women Must Acquire Feminist Consciousness by Conscious Effort (American 1792-1873)

“But I ask no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright …” —Sarah Grimké Sarah Grimké’s story absolutely breaks my heart. Her entire life was limited and defined by sexism. Her abhorrence of the slavery and racism that she witnessed growing up as the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner in the state of South Carolina in the United States before the Civil War, caused her to make the conscious choice to...

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