Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.— Susan B. Anthony
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It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less
Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.
The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.
Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality
Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work.
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations.
.. can never effect a reform.
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world;
I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled the more I gain.
Women should have equal pay for equal work and they should be considered equally eligible to the offices of principal and superintendent, professor and president. So you must insist that qualifications, not sex, shall govern appointments and salaries.
I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.
Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.
I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W.
S. platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon. (on women's suffrage)
There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth.
The worst enemy women have is in the pulpit.
Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.
I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men's rights are nothing more. Women's rights are nothing less.
I pray every single moment of my life;
not on my knees but with my work. My prayer is to lift women to equality with men. Work and worship are one with me.
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.
Gentlemen ... Do you not see that so long as society says a woman is incompetent to be a lawyer, minister or doctor, but has ample ability to be a teacher, that every man of you who chooses this profession tacitly acknowledges that he has no more brains than a woman?
If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.
Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation.
I have known nothing the last thirty years save the struggle for human rights on this continent. If it had been a class of men whowere disfranchised and denied their legal rights, I believe I should have devoted my life precisely as I have done in behalf of my own sex.
I shall work for the Republican party and call on all women to join me, precisely... for what that party has done and promises to do for women, nothing more, nothing less.
The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.
I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value.
Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women.
I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.
..the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.
Every woman should have a purse of her own.
We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.
Suffrage is the pivotal right.
Mr. Douglass talks about the wrongs of the negro; but with all the outrages that he to-day suffers, he would not exchange his sexand take the place of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
I do not consider divorce an evil by any means.
It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters.
What an absurd notion that women have not intellectual and moral faculties sufficent for anything else but domestic concerns!
I expect to do more work for woman suffrage in the next decade than ever before.
Failure is impossible.
Sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them.
Inconsistency is the jewel of the American people.
When society is rightly organized, the wife and mother will have time, wish and will to grow intellectually, and will know that the limits of her sphere, the extent of her duties, are prescribed only by the measure of her ability.
I can not imagine a God ... made happy by my getting down on my knees and calling him 'great'.
To grant woman an equality with man in the affairs of life is contrary to every tradition, every precedent, every inheritance, every instinct and every teaching. The acceptance of this idea is possible only to those of especially progressive tendencies and a strong sense of justice, and it is yet too soon to expect these from the majority.
I deplore the horrible crime as child murder.
...no matter what the motive, love of ease, or desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent,the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed...but oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which compelled her to the crime.
No genuine equality, no real freedom, no true manhood or womanhood can exist on any foundation save that of pecuniary independence. As a right over a man's subsistence is a power over his moral being, so a right over a woman's subsistence enslaves her will, degrades her pride and vitiates her whole moral nature.
Women, we might as well be dogs baying the moon as petitioners without the right to vote!
It is perfectly right for a gentleman to say "ladies and gentlemen," but a lady should say, "gentlemen and ladies." You mention your friend's name before you do your own. I always feel like rebuking any woman who says, "ladies and gentlemen." It is a lack of good manners.
[Asked if American women would ever win full suffrage:] Assuredly.
I firmly believed at one time that I should live to see that day. I have never for one moment lost faith. It will come but I shall not see itit is inevitable.
The anti-suffragist talk of sheltering women from the fierce storms of life is a lot of cant. I have no patience with it. These storms beat on woman just as fiercely as they do on man, and she is not trained to defend herself against them.