Friday, October 19, 2007

Mott: its more than applesauce

Meet Lucretia Mott.
Another strong figure of a woman in history.
Lucretia was born, and raised a Quaker, went to a Quaker boarding school and became a teacher. Her career in women's rights began when she married a fellow teacher, and then realized that the male teachers made twice as much as their female counterparts.
Being a raised, and practicing Quaker, she was very active in the Anti-Slavery Society. Her and her husband sheltered many slaves in their Pennsylvania home. They also boycotted cotton, cane sugar, and any other slavery produced goods.
She was a leader in the womens movement, especially at the first women's right meeting, the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. While there, she proclaimed "it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves the sacred right to the elective franchise." She also lobbied for the rights of the American black population to vote as well.
When the Women's Right's movement seperated into 2 different groups, related to animosity in their ranks, Lucretia became known as the peacemaker, and tried to reunite the warring women for their cause.
In 1850, she wrote a book entitled "Discourse on Women" about the restrictions the United States places on women. She became more well known after that.
Here is my favorite quotation attributed to Lucretia.

"In a true marriage relation, the independance of the husband and wife is equal, their dependence is mutual, and their obligations reciprocal."

So thank Lucretia today for all her hard work!


Bubblewench said...

For some reason (maybe being from PA?) I have always thought she was one of the most awesome people. I have read/heard her story since I was a small child.

sybil law said...

Thankyou, Lucretia.
How do you boycott cotton? Especially then?

CamiKaos said...

i love these education biographies your doing.

David in DC said...

Equal? I gotta get RFB to read about this.

I had no idea.

Maybe she'll let me vote this year. :)

mielikki said...

BW she is certainly someone to admire.
Syb- I don't know how they boycotted cotton, I bet they wore a lot of wool.
CK I love them, too and plan on doing them every Friday for the time being
DiDC-LOL good luck with that!