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Lucretia Mott’s birthday
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Lucretia Mott (January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880)
Lucretia Mott was an American Quaker, abolitionist, a women’s rights activist, and a social reformer.
Like many Quakers, Mott considered slavery to be evil. Inspired in part by minister Elias Hicks, she and other Quakers refused to use cotton cloth, cane sugar, and other slavery-produced goods. In 1821 Mott became a Quaker minister. With her husband’s support, she traveled extensively as a minister, and her sermons emphasized the Quaker inward light, or the presence of the Divine within every individual. Her sermons also included her free produce and anti-slavery sentiments.
In June 1840 Mott attended the General Anti-Slavery Convention, better known as the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention, in London, England. Activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her husband Henry B. Stanton attended the convention while on their honeymoon. Stanton admired Mott, and the two women became friends and allies. In 1848 Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized a women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York.
After the Civil War, Mott was elected the first president of the American Equal Rights Association, an organization that advocated universal suffrage. In 1864 Mott and several other Hicksite Quakers incorporated Swarthmore College located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which today remains one of the premier liberal-arts colleges in the United States.