Before the suffragettes, women still had a long history of campaigning for the right to vote. Anne Knight was just one example of one of these women.
She was the daughter of William Knight and Priscilla Allen. Both these families were Quakers and they both supported the temperence and anti-slavery movements.
She was the founder of a branch of the the Women's Anti-Slavery Society and worked with Thomas Clarkson, an English abolitionist who campaigned against the slave-trade and the British Empire.
The first time Knight started campaigning for women's rights, was when women were prevented from taking part in the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840.
Anne Knight at the World Anti-Slavery Convention 1840
Anne Knight at the World Anti-Slavery Convention 1840
These women included: Elizabeth Pease, Amelia Opie and even the daughter of Thomas Clarkson, Mary Clarkson.