Lucretia Mott was a member of the Quaker community and so she was opposed to slavery. She was so passionate about this cause that she founded the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. She went on to serve as its president. At that time in America it was unheard of for women to take part in these types of groups. She was not allowed to take part in the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840 because she was a woman. As a result of this she turned her attention to the cause of women’s equality.
In 1848 she launched (along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton) the American women’s rights movement. She wanted women to be equal economically and politically. Following the American Civil War she focused her work towards helping the freed people as well as black suffrage. In 1864 she was named the head of the American Equal Rights Association. She died in 1880 leaving behind a lasting legacy.
Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul will be on the back of the bill, while Alexander Hamilton’s image will still appear on the front, the Treasury Department announced.
“I’m very excited by it, and I think it’s much bigger than just honoring one woman,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told NBC News. “This is about saying that our money is going to tell a much bigger part of our story.”
This day in history: July 19, 1848 was the first day of the Seneca Falls Convention in New York planned and organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. It was an early and influential women’s rights convention and a key milestone in the path to women’s suffrage in the United States.
July 19th-July 20th marked the 164th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott in New York. Here, 68 woman and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments, writing: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.” This marked the beginning of the US Women’s Rights Movement.