Profession: Suffragist and Publisher
Why Famous: Suffragist, writer, and anti-slavery activist, Shadd Cary's first published letter was to fellow abolitionist and African-American statesman Frederick Douglass, advocating that:
“We should do more and talk less... We have been holding conventions for years — we have been assembling together and whining over our difficulties and afflictions, passing resolutions on resolutions to any extent, But it does really seem that we have made but little progress considering our resolves.”
Shadd Cary was a woman of many firsts; she was the first black woman in North America to publish a newspaper (The Provincial Freeman), and one of the first black lawyers in the US.
- 1853-03-24 Anti-slavery newspaper "The Provincial Freeman" first published in Windsor, Ontario, edited by Samuel Ringgold Ward and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, first black woman publisher in North America