Learning to Stand: Inspired by Sarah Grimké’s Quote Which Begins “But I ask no favors for my sex.”

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Day 231 and Sarah Grimlé

“But 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

The first time I came across Sarah Grimké’s quote, I was watching the RBG documentary in an old and air-conditioned movie theatre. Grimké’s words were so urgent they left me as outraged as I was enlivened, they leave me enlivened still and will continue to do so for years to come. 

These words are words that have grown more powerful with time. Sarah and her sister Angelina championed abolitionism and women’s suffrage through the mid to late 1800s.

They raised their voices in spite of a culture that insisted they and their causes had none. And their voices were so palpable, that hundreds of years later, Sarah’s words are no less poignant.