Happy Birthday, Lucretia Mott!

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Lucretia Mott’s birthday.  One of the early feminists (what I would even consider pre-first wave), she was an abolitionist and woman’s advocate.

The following quote particularly called to me: “Learning, while at school, that the charge for the education of girls was the same as that for boys, and that, when they became teachers, women received only half as much as men for their services, the injustice of this distinction was so apparent, that I resolved to claim for my sex all that an impartial Creator had bestowed, which, by custom and a perverted application of the Scriptures, had been wrested from women.”

We are still struggling with making so much less as men in the workplace, and we pay the exact same to attend classes.  Yet I don’t agree that my Creator has willed this.  The human system of justice has failed women, and nothing has changed over the past 150 years.  But I affirm her claim of the “perverted application of the Scriptures” as she knows that people have used Scripture over and over to oppress the equality of all humans.

~ by mictori on January 2, 2010.

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