Lucretia Coffin Mott; Activist, Abolitionist, Awesome

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With a name like Lucretia Coffin, what choice did the Massachusetts native and pioneer of women's suffrage have but to be awesome?

Lucretia Coffin Mott was a Quaker minister, noted for her skills as an orator, and a staunch and outspoken abolitionist of slavery who took up the mantle of women's suffrage in 1840 after she and her husband - her biggest supporter - attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention and she was denied full participation on the basis of her gender.

Her liberal and progressive views often resulted in threats of physical violence, even before she began speaking out for the rights women as well as slaves, but again, she persisted.

Lucretia joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton in calling the famous Seneca Falls Convention in New York in 1848, and published her hugely influential Discourse on Woman 1850, where she redressed the way women in her time were voiceless, subservient inferiors to men, bound by laws that they had no vote or voice in with scathing elegance.

She was a beacon of the earliest women's rights movement and she was born on this day, in 1793.

Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott was a leading social reformer of her time and helped to form the Free Religious Association.

Lucretia Mott

Discourse on Women - Dec. 17, 1849

[December 17, 1849 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] 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.

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Lucretia Mott

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