On february 11, 1849, lucretia mott gave an unusual sermon in her usual place of worship, cherry street meetinghouse in philadelphia the petite fifty-six-year- old quaker minister was one of the most famous women in america during the previous year alone, she had addressed the first women's rights conventions at. Mott tried to reconcile the two factions that split the following year over the priorities of woman suffrage and black male suffrage ever the peacemaker, mott tried to heal the breach between stanton, anthony and lucy stone over the immediate goal of the women's. Lucretia mott is as important to the birth of the women's rights movement as elizabeth cady stanton and susan b anthony sophisticated, lively, direct, and often riveting, lucretia mott's heresy will be the definitive biography of mott for decades to come—bruce dorsey, author of reforming men and women: gender in the. When she passed away in 1880, lucretia mott was referred to by her contemporaries as “the greatest american woman of the nineteenth century” her work as an abolitionist, women's rights advocate, and social reformer established her as a hero of the oppressed and downtrodden of society when she. In this highly readable biography, carol faulkner explores a contradiction at the heart of lucretia mott's long career in reform: the pull between her status an c arol faulkner lucretia mott's heresy: abolition and women's rights in nineteenth-century america carol faulkner lucretia mott's heresy:. Lucretia mott (1793-1880), a well-known quaker preacher and independent thinker her experience and leadership was invaluable in helping to organize the woman's rights movement she founded the philadelphia female anti-slavery society in 1833 and led the delegation of women to the 1840 world anti-slavery. Mott's passion for antislavery developed into a fight for women's rights in 1837 in new york city, mott organized and attended the first anti-slavery convention of american women mott and other female speakers faced harsh criticism fellow abolitionists took issue with audiences comprised of both men.
Carol faulkner, author of [lucretia mott's heresy: abolition and women's rights in nineteenth-century america], talks about the life of lucretia mott, a. The quaker minister lucretia mott (1793-1880) fought for the rights of women and of african americans a mother of six, mott traveled and preached throughout the eastern united states in front of both black and white, both male and female organizations she helped found the philadelphia female. Seneca falls convention lucretia mott's decision to begin working for women's rights came at an international abolitionists convention when american women were denied seating and a voice equal to that of men at the world anti-slavery convention in london in 1840 and were confined to the gallery as.
The official launch of the women's rights movement in america began at this historic event with a presentation of the declaration of sentiments, modeled after the declaration of independence lucretia mott, along with her sister, martha coffin wright, were. Abolitionist and quaker minister lucretia mott was not afraid to stand up for what she believed was right: an end to slave labor in the united states. Discourse on woman by lucretia mott, women's rights pioneer december 17, 1849 there is nothing of greater importance to the well-being of society at large —of man as well as woman—than the true and proper position of woman much has been said, from time to time, upon this subject it has been a theme for ridicule.
Lucretia mott was born lucretia coffin on january 3, 1793 in nantucket, massachusetts she was an outspoken leader of the antislavery and women's rights movements in america she married james mott in 1811 her family were quakers, and she became a quaker minister in 1821 like many quakers, mott was active in. Lucretia mott truth, authority 57 copy quote report let woman then go on-not asking favors, but claiming as a right the removal of all hindrances to her elevation in the scale of being-let her receive encouragement for the proper cultivation of all her powers, so that she may enter profitably into the active business of life. Mott helped form the philadelphia female anti-slavery society in 1833, and later was among the founders of the american women's rights movement mott's feminist philosophy was outlined in her discourse on women (1850), in which she argued for equal economic opportunity and voting rights after helping to establish. She was one of several american delegates to the 1840 world's anti-slavery convention in london, but the women were denied seats there she bonded with elizabeth cady stanton whose husband was a delegate the lesson was clear for mott and stanton how could women fight for the rights of others unless they.
Lucretia mott was a feminist and a quaker learn how she and her colleagues worked for suffrage and changed how people thought about women's rights.
Lucretia mott, a quaker reformer and minister, was an abolitionist and women's rights activist she helped initiate the seneca falls woman's rights convention with elizabeth cady stanton in 1848 she believed in human equality as a right granted by god early life lucretia mott was born lucretia coffin. Lucretia mott was born on january 3, 1793 on an island in nantucket, massachusetts at the age of thirteen she was sent to a boarding school run by the society of friends, where she eventually became a teacher her interest in women's rights began when she discovered that male teachers were paid twice as much as. The first order of business of the all-male convention was to discuss the admission of women delegates ninety percent of the delegates were opposed, and lucretia mott thus officially attended only as a visitor, but her presence nevertheless established her as a leading figure in both the women's rights and antislavery.