African-American abolitionist and inspiring leader
Sarah Parker Remond (1815-1894)
Our next hidden heroine, Sarah Parker Remond, broke many barriers for women by travelling around the US and Great Britain, without a male escort, to make speeches against slavery in 1859.
She was also one of the first women to be educated at Bedford College, which is where she studied languages.
Following her anti-slavery tour, she returned to America and tried to have references to white males in New York’s state constitution removed, which would have expanded rights to women and black people. When this failed, she moved to Italy and worked as a physician for the rest of her life.