Friday, May 7, 2010

In History: Lucretia Mott

This is the 24th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Why yes, yes this blog is inspired by Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on last night's episode of "30 Rock." She walked into Jack's (Alec Baldwin) office and said "Can I get your Lucretia Mott on this?" when asking him to sign something. (Because every now and then, "30 Rock" has great feminist references on it. You should watch it, if you don't!)

In case you don't know who Lucretia Mott is, I'm going to point you to some places where you can read up on her. Like many well-known women in the history of the women's rights movement, Mott was involved in so many things and accomplished so much I could never begin to write about all of it. In the shortest of short summaries: she was an abolitionist, Quaker minister, reformer and women's rights activist who, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, initiated the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention in 1848, where the Declaration of Sentiments was read. Mott delivered the opening and closing address at the convention. This is important stuff.

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