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Before there was a suffrage movement, before feminism, there was a Quaker woman named Sarah Moore Grimké (1792-1873). Along with her sister Angelina, she was an abolitionist and an outspoken advocate for equal rights for women.  Raised by a slaveholder in South Carolina, she and her sister moved to Philadelphia in 1819. Their writings, first published in 1837, advocated for the vote for women, and inspired many of the early suffragists, who furthered the movement in the United States.

Recently, I saw the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who quoted Grimké:

I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.

This piece was part of the show Ultraviolet: Textile art revealing women’s issues. The message on this piece contains the quote above. Unfortunately, due to the nature of ultraviolet light, the message can only be viewed in person.

31″ h x 29″ w

This piece comes unframed, with a sleeve and a piece of wood that attaches to the wall.

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