Sarah Moore Grimké was born in Charleston, South Carolina back in 1792 to John and Mary. In her early childhood, she wanted to become an attorney. However, at that time it was considered unwomanly so she was kept from being educated at school. She was educated by private tutor on subjects considered appropriate for a young woman of the time.
Her father allowed her to read his law books however, he drew the line at her learning Latin. Her mother was a homemaker. The family were slave owners, to which Sarah developed a connection with to the extent it unsettled her parents. She secretly taught Hetty, her personal slave, to read and write. When her parents found out her father was furious. She was convinced to improving those who suffered the most.
She became an outspoken advocate for education and suffrage for African-Americans and women. She died in 1873 she was 81.
What you may not know about Sarah is that in the 1820’s she became a Quaker, and an American abolitionist, by many she is considered as the mother of the women’s suffrage movement.
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