Author: Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott (1793–1880) was an inspiring figure in both the women’s rights and anti-slavery movements. She was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and, after graduating from the Nine Partners Quaker Boarding School, became a teacher. While teaching, she learned that the male teachers received three times the salary of the female staff. This injustice inspired her to fight for women’s rights. As a Quaker, she was also an abolitionist. Mott became a minister and founded the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. After she attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, she was inspired to organize the Seneca Falls convention with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was later elected the first president of the American Equal Rights Association after the Civil War. She died from pneumonia in 1880 in Pennsylvania.