Gender inequality is still an issue that continues to effect society, despite claims related to progressive thinking. To date, the scenario has transformed somewhat from a century ago and the majority of these changes are often attributed to past work conducted by a collective group of people know as feminists. Below are three of the most famous and greatest feminists from the past.
Born by the name Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was one of the first crusaders against gender inequality and discrimination. Baumfree was born into the times of slavery and spent almost 30 years as one of the slaves until she found freedom in the year 1827. In the year 1836 she was the very first African American woman that won a lawsuit in the U.S in the case about her son who was sold off as one of the slaves. In 1843 she took on the name Sojourner Truth saying it was a message from God. Her speech in 1851 known as the “Ain’t I a Woman” is one of the landmarks in the feminist history movement.
2.Susan Brownell Anthony
Born in 1820, Susan was a foremost leader in the anti-slavery movement and the American suffragist movement. She was involved in the organization of various lectures and campaigns on this issue across the country. She also played an important role in the formation of the Women’s Loyal National League. Anthony along with fifteen other women voted in the 1872 presidential election that she was later arrested and then convicted for. She was known as the very first real women to feature on a U.S coin.
3.Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Born in 1815, Stanton was an important and noteworthy figure in the earlier feminist movements. She was a close friend of Susan B. Anthony and co-authored in the book known as History of Woman Suffrage. Stanton conceived what was known as the Declaration of Sentiments and served the position of president for 8 years to the National Woman Suffrage Association. She wrote the Woman’s Bible in the year 1895 and her autobiography in 1898 known as Eighty Years And More.