As a social activist, it’s easy to get bogged down in how much needs t be fixed. You look around and it can be difficult to see the light. In those times, I like to think about how far we’ve come, and the brave feminists who came before us. So I did a little independent research on early American feminists! Most of the names are new to me, since our public schools only feel the need to educate the masses about the history of cis-hetero white men. I decided to share a few fun facts about Lucretia Mott (1793 – 1880), who was quite the bad ass. I firmly believe that, if she were still around, she’d be marching in DC about pretty much everything.
Lucretia Mott was an abolitionist, Quaker, social reformer, and women’s right activist. She boycotted cotton cloth, cane sugar, and other goods produced through slavery. When she was 28, she became a Quaker minister. She is the only known woman to have spoken at the American Anti-Slavery Society’s organizational meeting in Philadelphia. Shortly afterward, Mott cofounded the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society alongside a group of other women – both black and white. Mott attended all three national Anti-Slavery Conventions of American Women in 1837, 1838, and 1839. At the 1838 convention, a violent mob destroyed Pennslvania Hall. The activists linked arms to ensure that everyone escaped alive. Soon after, her home was targeted along with countless others. Though she knew about it head of time, she didn’t flee – she waited in her home to confront the mob.
She was also an MVP at the 1840 World’s Anti-Slavery Convention and the Seneca Falls Convention. Mott and Elizabeth Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention. She fought endlessly for equality and died from pneumonia. Picasso even constructed a sculpture in her honor, on display at her gravesite! Can she get any cooler?
I’m officially adding her to my imaginary Top Girls style dream-dinner, along with the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala Yousafzai, Leslie Knope, Janelle Monáe, Hermione Granger (#BossWitch), CJ Cregg, Tina Belcher, Katniss Everdeen, Lara Croft, and Brienne Tarth. I’m going to need a bigger imaginary table (and more bread sticks, obviously).
Know any bamfy feminists? Tell us about her!