Lydia Child was an American women's & "Indian" rights activist, abolitionist and journalist.
Child was an organizer in anti-slavery societies and wanted women to have equal rights in these organisations. In 1839 she was elected to the Board of the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) and edited the Anti-Slavery Standard from 1840 - 1843. She became disillusioned with the AASS because of in-fighting and a refusal, on the part of the AASS to renounce violence in the fight against slavery.
Child wrote both factual and fictional pieces and believed that fiction could reach people that factual reporting couldn't.
Child was a founder of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association.