Claire Gerety-Mott on Lucretia Coffin Mott

“There can be no true peace without justice.”

Lucretia Coffin Mott was an abolitionist and suffragette who fought for seven decades for peace and civil rights. An outspoken, anti-slavery orator, Lucretia was denied entrance at the World Anti-Slavery Conference in London because she was a woman. Segregated into side-seating, she befriended women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, becoming a collaborator in the Seneca Falls Convention and co-authoring the Declaration of Sentiments. Lucretia was President of the first-ever Equal Rights Association. We stand on the shoulders of this titan. Listen to her story, told by her descendant, Claire Gerety-Mott.

Our storytellers share these astonishing women with us conversationally and unscripted; we fact-check afterwards and note any major discrepancies for accuracy.


Claire Gerety-Mott

Claire Gerety-Mott, originally hailing from a small town in Massachusetts, earned her film degree from Columbia University. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has written 7 features, 4 TV pilots, 3 web-series, a play, and a children’s book entitled Nathaniel T. Culpepper is Missing a Sock (currently available on Amazon.com). With her writing partner Katie Locke O’Brien, she sold a show to ABC and another to Warner Bros TV. The web series The Hub that she co-created and co-produced was optioned by IFC in May 2014 with showrunner Les Firestein from In Living Color attached. Bound For Greatness, one of the many short films she wrote, has won a plethora of awards at film festivals including an Audience Award at Cannes. With her experience working on studio films such as North Country, Torque, and Rumor Has It in multiple capacities, including assistant to director Niki Caro, she has gained much knowledge of the way the studio system works. Claire has a well-rounded knowledge of the craft of storytelling, life-long passion for the art of cinema, and an understanding of the media of film from many different vantage points. She is represented by Zadoc Angell and Matt Horwitz at Echo Lake Entertainment and Katy McCaffrey, Sean Barclay, and Jeff Greenberg at Gersh. She became the mother of Xoa Christine Gerety-Mott-Jahn on February 19, 2018 and her life has never been the same!

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Lucretia Coffin Mott

Lucretia Coffin Mott was born in 1783 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She grew up in a whaling town run by women, as most of the men were at sea at the time. Her Quaker upbringing emphasised equality and respect for all people, and helped form her early anti-slavery convictions. After graduating from Nine Partners School in New York, she became a teacher. She met and married a fellow teacher, James Mott, but insisted on keeping her maiden name. While living in Philadelphia, Lucretia was a prolific speechwriter and outspoken abolitionist. The Pennsylvania Hall, where she often spoke was burned down by pro-slavery protestors. Starting for the Mott household, a friend detoured the mob away. As a chosen delegate at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, she and several other delegate wives were forbidden to sit in the hall, because they were women. She said, “I have no idea of subimitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave—I will oppose it with all the moral powers with which I am endowed. I’m no advocate of passivity.” Relegated to a side area, Lucretia met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They struck up a friendship that would change their lives forever. Lucretia co-wrote the Declaration of Sentiments and the first and last speeches for the Seneca Falls Conference. She fought for, to the end of her days, equal rights and women’s suffrage. We stand on the shoulders of this tiny titan. We must celebrate her legacy. We must never forget her.