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Lucretia (Coffin) Mott

Lucretia Mott

Born: January 3, 1793Died: November 11, 1880

Known for holding the Seneca Fall's Convention alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In America, Lucretia Mott helped organize women's abolitionist societies, since the anti-slavery organizations would not admit women as members. In 1840, she was selected as a delegate to the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London, which she discovered was against slavery but was against public speaking and actions by women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton later credited conversations with Lucretia Mott, while seated in the segregated women's section, with the idea of the holding a mass meeting to address women's rights.

She refused to use cotton cloth, cane sugar, and other slavery-produced goods. With her skills in ministry she began to make public speeches for abolition. From her home in Philadelphia, she began to travel, usually accompanied by her husband, who supported her activism. They often sheltered runaway slaves in their home.

In 1848, a women's suffrage convention was held in Seneca Falls. Here the women wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, purposely based off of the Declaration of Independence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal."

Elected as the first president of the American Equal Rights Convention after the end of the Civil War, Lucretia Mott strove a few years later to reconcile the two factions that split over the priorities between woman suffrage and black male suffrage.

"Let her [woman] receive encouragement for the proper cultivation of all her powers, so that she may enter profitably into the active business of life."

"Liberty is not less a blessing, because oppression has so long darkened the mind that it can not appreciate it."

"I grew up so thoroughly imbued with women's rights that it was the most important question of my life from a very early day."


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