Center for Women's History
Women’s history is American history. Bring it into your classroom with our new curriculum!
Major support for Women and the American Story provided by
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
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This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
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Lucretia Mott, ca. 1860–1880. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C., 9750024.
Resource 12: Women, Quakers, and Reform
This important passage from Quaker doctrine held that “male and female are one in Christ.” Supported by this egalitarian view, Quaker women were ministers, elders, and shared in decision-making. Because of these experiences, and because many Quaker communities saw social good as their mission, Quaker women became essential to temperance, abolition, women’s rights, and other nineteenth-century efforts.