Almost all the early women in America who made a strong stand for religious freedom were Quakers.
Some Quaker women became missionaries and traveled outside the Quaker colony of Pennsylvania to convert others to their faith.
In Massachusetts, where only the Puritan faith was permitted, several Quaker women missionaries were put in prison or publicly whipped.
Mary Dyer, banned from Boston for supporting Anne Hutchinson, became a Quaker and in 1657 returned to preach her beliefs. When Massachusetts passed a law calling for the death of anyone teaching Quaker ideas, Dyer did not hack down.
In 1659 she was arrested, marched through the streets to be hanged, but released at the last minute and sent to Rhode Island.
Six months later she was back, protesting the unjust law and insisting on religious freedom. This time she was hanged.
Today there is a statue in her honor in Boston.