The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 40, Issue 2

Article 5
The Role of Women in the British Anti-Slavery Campaigns

Editha Jacobs


This article examines the role that women played in the campaigns for the abolition of the British slave trade in 1787 and slavery in 1834. In both campaigns women worked hard, but during the major campaign to end slavery they played a more significant role. The efforts especially of Quaker women in the abolition of slavery through their campaign to highlight the plight of enslaved women led to the formation of several female anti-slavery societies throughout the major cities. Unfortunately, the role of these stalwarts has still not been given the recognition it deserves.