She is also taking a rebellious stand against male hierarchy and saying lesbians are as good as anyone else.
Wheatley too was a rebel: the first published African American poet. Indeed, few people at the time could believe that a black woman could write so well: she was even challenged in court on the subject. She too brings religion into the picture writing in her poems, trying to show that all people are equal and worthy of respect. For example, she writes: “Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,/May be refined, and join the angelic train” She also worked hard to promote the works of other African Americans as in her poem “To S. M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works.” Her criticism and poetry helped definitively shape African American literature, much the way that Philips’ poetry shaped lesbian literature. They are both inspirations.