Women speak out against slavery


Sixty-five Philadelphia women signed and presented this petition to Congress in 1844, urging the abolition of slavery. At that time, women in the United States were unable to vote. To make their voices heard on the important social issues of their day—slavery and drunkenness—women organized themselves and used petitions to influence Congress.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U. S. Senate