Harriet Martineau

By Brandi Rakentine

About Harriet

She was born June 12, 1802 in Norwich, England and later died June 27, 1876. Her family was unitarian. She went partially deaf. Her older siblings and tutors educated her. The sixth child out of eight. Got engaged to John Hugh Worthington. She said something at Boston female anti-slavery society against slavery. Did needlework for income because just writing wasn't cutting it. She died of bronchitis and was buried in the family grave in Birmingham. There's a statue of her in Boston. The first woman sociologist. Know for translating Comte's writings from French to English. She was a feminist.


  1. She was a feminist
  2. Attended an anti-slavery society in Boston
  3. She was a British writer
  4. Was a political activist
  5. Brought up marriage, children, home, religious life, and race relations in her writing
  6. Focused on moral stance
  7. Won numerous rewards with her books
  8. She published over 50 books and over 2,000 articles in her lifetime
  9. Wrote about female education
  10. Tried to equalize men and women


Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry.

If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.