Did you know that most abolitionists were also advocates for equality of the sexes?
Theodore Weld, who trained abolition activists and eventually married Sarah Grimke, was legendary for his courage. Despite criticism, he welcomed women into the abolition movement and insisted on treating them as autonomous equals.
In fact, the abolition movement is what kicked off the American Woman's Rights Movement. Weld trained women alongside men and treated them as self-governing equals in every way.
Weld and Grimke's egalitarian marriage lasted happily for over four decades.
Another well-known abolitionist was Frederick Douglas, who declared that he was proud to be denominated as a woman's rights man.
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