6 Forgotten Women Who Helped End Slavery

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The anti-slavery movement grew from the 1790s onwards and attracted thousands of women. At a time when women had no official voice or political power, they boycotted slave grown sugar, canvassed door to door, presented petitions to parliament and even had a dedicated range of anti-slavery products. In 1792 the sugar boycott is estimated to have been supported by around 100,000 women. By 1833 the national women’s petition against slavery had more than 187,000 signatures.

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