9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know


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Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Courtesy: Women Suffrage

Emigrationist Mary Ann Shadd Cary ran the anti-slavery paper The Provincial Freeman, making her the first female African-American newspaper editor in U.S. history. Although she eventually acquiesced to readers' desire for a male editor, Cary continued her activism, campaigning for women's rights throughout her adulthood and also became the second African-American woman in the United States to receive a law degree, which she earned at Howard University.