Hey, lovelies! I am about to have a lot of time on my hands due to the ending of the marching band season, (we came out as grand champions of all of the south!) and I have decided to dedicated much of my time to improving my we heart it page! it began as just a way for me to vent and get out my creative energy, but recently it has become so much more! there are almost 3000 of you out there who have decided to follow me and see what I post! that's crazy to me! i love so much posting content for you all and learning that i have inspired you in some way, shape, or form! i am going to try to publish 2+ times a week now, so please let me know what you guys would like to see next! do you want advice? if so, regarding what? do you want more beauty/style inspiration? more of my personal stories? if you are unfamiliar with me, know that my highest areas of interest include history, women's empowerment, goal oriented living, mental and physical illness, and beauty/fashion!

as i stated above, i absolutely love history! i have a passion for it and hope to be a history teacher one day! above all, i love women's history and think we are not taught enough of it in traditional american schools. that being said, i would love to use my we heart it as a platform to educate others on this extremely important topic. i will hopefully be posting a biography for an important woman of history every wedensday! they will all be saved in my "women's history Wednesdays" collection! so, i hope you guys enjoy the first edition and please let me know what historical women you would love to learn about next!

The Grimke Sisters

Sarah Grimke was born to a plantation farmer owning hundreds of slaves. she witnessed the cruel treatment of the innocent people every day and would not stand for it. She wanted to read and be academically inclined so one day she would have a voice strong enough to join the abolitionist movement, but her father believed in strong female subordination and would not let her study. Despite his rules, she snuck into his library often to educate herself, and even taught her own personal slave how to read and write.

Twelve years later, her little sister, Angelina was born. Sarah was to be the god mother of Angelina, swearing she would advise, teach, and lead her for their whole lives. This created a very strong bond between the two at a very young age. During a journey to find medical treatment for their father, the sisters encountered the Quaker community in Pennsylvania and were amazed by their genuine kindness and willingness to help a stranger. The girls felt a personal connection to the Quakers and wanted to become one one day.

After their father died, the girls left the plantation to convert to Quakerism in Pennsylvania where they were exposed to people who shared their same beliefs for the first time. Angelina and Sara began writing and publishing letters about the inhumanity of slavery and backing up their claims with biblical scripture. Soon, they began speaking in front of intimate groups of women, sharing their ideas. Then, they were encouraged to take their beliefs in front of larger crowds, becoming two of the first female public speakers in America.

Many people, especially white men, were displeased with the girls taking a position of power and speaking to large crowds. They were sent countless letters saying they were disobeying God's will, stepping out of the household where they belonged. Instead of backing down, this led the sisters to step into the feminist atmosphere and begin encouraging other women to use their voices to bring a change to society. They convinced hundreds of women that they had a rightful place in politics, just like the men, and that they could be so much more than just homemakers. This drew the attention of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who quickly became close friends of the sisters, so close that the husband of Stanton served as the best man at Angelina's wedding, and their children went to the Grimke private school.

Without the incredible Grimke sisters, women may have never realized their ability to speak out about issues and found a place in politics. Next time you hear a woman give an influential speak of TV or in your community, take a moment to thank the Grimke sisters for being the first of their kind, feminist, abolitionist public speakers.

~ amm