Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott
Lucretia Mott, signed photo, by F. Gutekunst.jpg
Photograph of Lucretia Mott, ca. 1870-1880 (Aged roughly 77-87)
Lucretia Coffin

(1793-01-03)January 3, 1793
DiedNovember 11, 1880(1880-11-11) (aged 87)
OccupationAbolitionist, suffragist, teacher
Spouse(s)James Mott
Parent(s)Thomas Coffin
Anna Folger
RelativesMartha Coffin Wright (sister)
Mayhew Folger (maternal uncle)

Lucretia Mott (née Coffin; January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, women's rights activist, and social reformer. She had formed the idea of reforming the position of women in society when she was amongst the women excluded from the World Anti-Slavery Convention held in London in 1840. In 1848 she was invited by Jane Hunt to a meeting that led to the first public gathering about women's rights, the Seneca Falls Convention, during which Mott co-wrote the Declaration of Sentiments.

Her speaking abilities made her an important abolitionist, feminist, and reformer; she had been a Quaker preacher early in her adulthood. When the United States outlawed slavery in 1865, she advocated giving former slaves, both male and female, the right to vote (suffrage). She remained a central figure in reform movements until her death in 1880.