Thursday, January 3, 2008

On January 3, ...

... 1793 (215 years ago today), a daughter was born to the Mott family of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The family moved to Boston when the daughter was 11; she finished her education at a boarding school in New York and became a teacher at age 15. In 1811 she married James Mott of Philadelphia. Upon her death in 1880, the New York Times wrote that the name of Lucretia Mott "was probably as widely known as that of any other public woman in this or the preceding generation." Her activism took her throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard, "advocating Quaker principles and waging at the same time a vigorous warfare against the evils of intemperance and slavery." Though a prominent abolitionist, Mott (left) was denied admission to the 1840 World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London on account of her sex. Eight years later she and her husband were "prominent in the original Woman's Rights Convention held at Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848." Other causes included school and prison reform, as detailed in the Mott Papers at Pomona College.
... 1992, "due to changing tastes and politics," the Miss Canada Pageant ended after 45 years. Nicole Dunsdon (right), from the Interior of British Columbia, who'd been chosen a few months earlier, was the last woman ever to hold the title of Miss Canada.

No comments: