"Underground Femaleroad."

The Mayday Underground’s name for the network of safe houses and routes used to help Handmaids escape from Gilead. The name is clearly inspired by the Underground Railroad set up to help black slaves in the Southern states to escape to the free states, Canada, Mexico and beyond, between around 1800 and 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment made slavery illegal. Aided by abolitionists, it is estimated that by 1850, over 10,000 slaves escaped via the ‘railroad’.