Lucretia Coffin Mott, born in Massachusetts in 1793, was a Quaker preacher and a great orator. She was an abolitionist and a social reformer who strongly advocated for the end of slavery and granting of equal rights to women (Michals np). As an abolitionist, Motts preached against slavery and the slave trade and opposed the Fugitive Slave Act. Additionally, a social reformer, she advocated for the right of women by encouraging public speaking, universal suffrage and women empowerment.
As an abolitionist, she advocated for the boycott of all products of slavery, forcing her husband to quit cotton trade in 1830. She also participated in the formation of Female Anti-slavery society around 1933 that advocated for the abolition of slavery, and together with Elizabeth Cady Station, organized Seneca Falls Convention in 1848(Michals np). The Convention was the primary laid foundation of advocating for the right of women in America. Indeed, during the convention, women leaders led by Elizabeth Stanton and Scotts demanded right for women by revisiting the Declaration of Independence and presented “Declaration of Sentiments” that had 18 specific women demands that included the right to vote, divorce, property ownership, and right to child custody (Michals np). Lastly, she was the first president of the American Equal Rights Association and led in the establishment of Swarthmore College (Michals np).
The most significant aspect of her life was her commitment to social reforms, a role that she played within and outside her family life. For instance, her strong advocacy against slavery forced her husband to quit his textile business, and even though she was engaged in social reforms, she never neglected her family duties (Michals np).
Malala, from Pakistan, a young girl who advocated for the right of girls to access 12 years of education in Pakistan, compares to Lucretia Motts. Like Lucretia, Malala advocacy is on social empowerment of women through the right to access education that is denied by the Taliban.
Michals, Debra. “Lucretia Mott”. National Women’s History Museum, 2019, https://www .womenshistory.org / education-resources/biographies/lucretia-mott.