Equal rights sentiment written and signed by Lucretia Mott.


  • Title: Manuscript, Lucretia Mott
  • Creator: Lucretia Mott
  • Location: United States
  • Story: Lucretia Mott, influenced by her Quaker religion, saw injustice in society and government’s treatment of women and African Americans. As a young teacher, she was struck by the unfairness of male teachers receiving twice women’s salaries. Mott’s transformation into a women’s rights advocate was complete after being refused a seat at the 1840 World's Anti-Slavery Convention on the basis of her gender, though she was an official delegate. In this manuscript, Mott argues for women’s equality within the family and society.
  • Provenance: Gift of Jeanne and Robert Schramm
  • Transcript:
    Remove the mental and spiritual fetters which bind woman; let all her powers be well developed; then shall the independence of man and wife be equal, their dependence mutual, and their obligations reciprocal.
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  • Type: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 5x4 7/8 in.

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