Today's #graydaystudiowomenwednesday I'd thought I'd learn about someone "new to me" through my searching I found Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a 19th century African American woman writer and abolitionist. She was born free in Baltimore in 1825. She published her first book of poems at age 20 and she was active in helping slaves make their way to Canada through the Underground Railroad. And in 1850, she became the first woman to teach sewing at the Union Seminary. Her poetry often described the harsh living conditions of freed African Americans living in the south. She was also active in the fight for women's rights and died in 1911 just 9 years before women won the right to vote. I love this quote and I love how this series has started to introduce me to new remarkable women like Frances!
-- Abigail Gray Swartz www.GrayDayStudio.com