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Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott was an activist and advocate for ending slavery. She was a powerful orator, and dedicated her life to speaking against injustice.

Mott and her husband argued for the abolitionist cause as members of William Lloyd Garrison’s American Anti-Slavery Society. Garrison, who encouraged women’s participation as writers and speakers in the anti-slavery movement embraced Mott’s commitment.

Not everyone supported women’s public speaking. In fact, Mott was constantly for behaving in ways not acceptable for women of her gender, but it did not deter her.

Mott’s participation at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840 brought her into contact with Elizabeth Cady Stanton with whom she formed a long collaboration. Because they were women, they were not allowed to participate in the convention, which inspired them to organize a women’s rights convention. Eight years later, in 1848, they organized the Seneca Fall Convention, attended by hundreds of people including noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass. 

She and her husband protested the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and helped an enslaved person escape bondage a few years later.

Mott joined with Stanton and Anthony in decrying the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution for granting the vote to black men but not to women.