Fry, born in Norwich, England, was raised by her Quaker parents, the Gurneys. She was a prison reformer, in particular for women who were imprisoned. Fry worked to get women who were being transported, especially via ship, to be able to have food, water, and to have access to quilt-making materials. She also worked for the abolition of slavery. She was well-regarded both in Quaker and non-Quaker settings.
“Oh Lord, may I be directed
what to do and what to leave undone.”
Elizabeth Gurney Fry, Katharine Fry, Rachel Elizabeth Cresswell (1847). “Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry: With Extracts from Her Letters and Journal”, p.307