Angelina Girmké’s life was determined to uphold the weaker people in society. Her family influence and position in society while she was growing up gave her the advantage of developing strong characteristics. Those characteristics helped her in later life. She was not distracted from her ideas of reform. She continued to carry them out regardless of the trials she had to overcome (Birney 72). She withstood ridicule for her choice of spiritual expression and patronizing attitudes about her views on slavery. Her religious experience taught her to seek God first and to question the authority that said, “This is the way it is.” She was a woman of tremendous influence in history. She set the stage for women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. By pushing the boundaries of people’s minds, she laid the foundation for women’s equality. She also helped supply the voice for future civil rights leaders. She took a stand against her way of life and declared that human bondage was not right. She shouted to the world that humans are worth more than what they can earn in money. She was one of the voices of black equality a hundred years before it was publicly practiced. Her life was a turning point in the history of American rights. Perhaps without Angelina Grimké another would have arose to take her place. Or perhaps the road to human equality would still stretch before us seventy-four years short of its present achievements.  

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