March 6, 2015
During March, the Ms. Magazine blog celebrates Women’s History Month by publishing a post each day profiling one feminist “Wonder Woman.”
One of the first women to be featured is a grandmother of contemporary feminism, Lucretia Mott.
During the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention, held in London, she was outraged at being forbidden to speak (because she was a woman), and let her opinion be know outside the convention hall by loudly and bitterly complaining about the lack of women’s equality. She thus became known as the “Lioness of the Convention.”
In the Ms. Magazine blog post, author Patricia A. Nugent states:
“This married mother of five was called a ‘brazen infidel.’ Remembering the Bible-waving men in London, she challenged those who cited God’s will as their basis for discrimination, saying it is not The Bible that ‘makes the wife subject to the husband as many have supposed. It has been done by law and public opinion since that time.’ ”
series suggested by Letha Dawson Scanzoni