Exclusion of Women at the London 1840 Convention

In a letter to Oliver Johnson, May 22, 1840, at last on ship bound for England after delays, Garrison is concerned about the role of women.  “The object of the Convention is to promote the interest of Humanity. It is, then, a common object, in which all who wear the human form have a right to participate, without regard to color, sex, or clime.   With a young woman placed on the throne of Great Britain, will the philanthropists of that country presume to object to the female delegates from the United States, as members of the Convention, on the ground of their sex?  … I cannot consent to have one human being excluded from the World’s Platfcrm, even for the sake of peace …”   (Source: readinggarrisonsletters)

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