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 (1792 – 1873) was an abolitionist and a feminist. She was born into a wealthy planter family in South Carolina, became a Quaker and an advocate on the abolitionist lecture circuit.