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Anne Knight

Anne Knight 1786 - 1862 was a social reformer noted as a pioneer of feminism.

She was the daughter of William Knight, a Chelmsford grocer and Priscilla Allen daughter of the non-conformist radical. The family were quakers and took an active part in temperance and anti-slavery movements.

In 1831 she wrote ''Mary Grey: A Tale for Little Girls

Anne founded a branch of the Women's Anti-Slavery Society in Chelmsford and worked closely with Thomas Clarkson. A village, Knightsville was named after her in Jamaica. When women were prevented from participating in the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840, Anne was outraged, and started to campaign for women's rights. In 1847 she produced what is considered the first leaflet for women's suffrage. Her efforts to impress the importance of women's suffrage on such reform leaders as Henry Brougham and Richard Cobden proved of little use, as did her efforts with the Chartist leadership.

She moved to France in 1846 and participated in the revolution of 1848. With Jeanne Deroin she challenged the banning of women from political clubs and the publication of feminist material.

She never married and died in Waldersbach, near Strasbourg, France on November 4, 1862.