Lucretia Coffin Mott Was Born
January 3, 1793
Lucretia Coffin Mott worked for the causes
she believed in all her life. Born on this date, January 3,
1793, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Mott committed herself to the
fight against slavery and war, the abuse of alcohol, and
especially the inequality of women. Do you know what it was like
for women when Mott was alive?
In Mott's time, women
couldn't vote, own property, or go to college. Mott noticed this
inequality even as a girl in boarding school, where boys and
girls had to pay the same to attend the school. However, once
they became teachers, women were paid half as much as men. She
doubled her efforts after 1840 when she traveled all the way to
London for the World Anti-Slavery Conference only to be told she
could not participate because she was a woman.
Coffin Mott, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, launched the
woman suffrage movement, calling for women's equal rights in the
Declaration of Sentiments of 1848. Within her lifetime, women
came to own their own property and be admitted into some
colleges. Women finally won the right to vote in 1920, 40 years
after her death in 1880.