Lucretia Mott was one of the outstanding women who truly paved the life we have now, with her bare hands. Born on January 3rd, 1793, in Massachusetts, Lucretia Mott was a powerhouse of a feminist and strongly advocated for the abolition of slavery. She also took the role of a helping daughter, by supplying and working to help her mother pay off debts after her father passed away. Mott was the type of woman to put her war paint on, and authentically fight for her values and passions. She was a Quaker, which meant that she was religious, and believed that all people were equal through the eyes of God.
In 1811, Lucretia Mott married the love of her life, James Mott, who supported her efforts every step of the way. Together they would have six children and raise them in Philadelphia. There really wasn’t one decade where she wasn’t fighting for what she believed in; In fact, in 1833, Lucretia Mott founded the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. To create and lead a foundation at this day and age was extremely controversial. It took strength and perseverance to stand up against the majority of people back then. In 1838, there were 17,000 protestors that burned down the Philadelphia Hall and attempted to burn Lucretia Mott’s house as well.
Despite the scary hardships, in 1840, Lucrettia Mott and her husband tried attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention, which took place in London. Unfortunately, Mott was reminded of the world she was living in, when she was denied her right to participate as a woman. This did not not slow her down, in fact, this motivated Mott to establish her own convention. Elizabeth Cady Stanton had joined Lucretia Mott hand-in-hand to help further this movement of equal opportunity. Together they created the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. This convention emphasized the point that women should be equal in conditions of education, family and marriage, wages, and religion.
Frederick Douglass, a famous abolitionist who was very respected, attended the Women's Rights Convention. Mott was like a busy bee doing anything and everything she could to fight for the future. She had helped draft the Declaration of Sentiments (reworks of the Declaration of Independence), for which she was praised by her fellow companions. She did not stop there, as in 1850, Lucretia Mott assisted in the protection of slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Lucretia Mott was a woman who did not see gender or race, but person and soul, and continuously helped those who deserve better. She also valued education and thought it was important for all genders and races to seek the enlightenment of studies. In 1864, she, along with her husband, launched Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, which is now known to be one of the most sophisticated liberal arts colleges for both men and women. As a young woman living in the 21st Century, where I am given the right to education and participation in the government, it is clear to see that I owe it to the millions of women before me who allowed me to experience the blessed life I live today.
If it wasn't for Lucretia Mott, as well as many other women, and their abilities to get back up again and continuously fight, I would not be as liberated as I am. For that, I am speechless and appreciative for the women like Lucretia Mott who put their war paint on and gave it their all.