119 Suffrage Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of suffrage quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about simple vote.

The Most Famous Suffrage Quotes (Best in 2024)

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White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women's suffrage. — Carrie Chapman Catt

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. — Lyndon B. Johnson

This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies. — Lyndon B. Johnson

There is no power in the world like that of women ... this most potent constituency we seek to represent, and for their suffrages we sue. — Louisa Lawson

If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a foot-rule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved. — George Bernard Shaw

Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerilla opposition. — Victoria Woodhull

I say from time to time that the vote is precious. It's almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument that we have in a democratic society. And we must use it. — John Lewis

Voting is a civic sacrament. — Theodore Hesburgh

I am fifty-two years of age. I am a bishop in the Anglican Church, and a few people might be constrained to say that I was reasonably responsible. In the land of my birth I cannot vote... — Desmond Tutu

Bah! Suffragettes. I've no time for suffragettes. They made the biggest mistake in history. They went for equality. They should have gone for power! — Jennifer Worth

Short Suffrage Quotes

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  • Women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness. — Meghan Markle
  • Our 'pathway' is straight to the ballot box, with no variableness nor shadow of turning. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer. — Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. — Nelson Mandela
  • Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation. — Susan B. Anthony
  • ... non-use of rights does not destroy them. — Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • Suffrage is the pivotal right. — Susan B. Anthony
  • Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery. — Otto von Bismarck
  • The rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Universal suffrage is counter-revolution. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Women's Suffrage Quotes

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Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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) — Susan B. Anthony

The first organised opposition by women to women's suffrage in England dates from 1889, when a number of ladies led by Mrs Ward appealed against the proposed extension of the Parliamentary suffrage to women. — Millicent Fawcett

As the saffron tints and crimson flushes of morn herald the coming day, so the social and political advancement which woman has already gained bears the promise of the rising of the full-orbed sun of emancipation. The result will be not to make home less happy, but society more holy. — Frances Harper

All over this land women have no political existence. Laws pass over our heads that we can not unmake. Our property is taken from us without our consent. The babes we bear in anguish and carry in our arms are not ours. — Lucy Stone

The women's suffrage movement is only the small edge of the wedge, if we allow women to vote it will mean the loss of social structure and the rise of every liberal cause under the sun. Women are well represented by their fathers, brothers, and husbands. — Winston Churchill

there were some Labourists saying that other things must be dealt with before women got the vote. It was humanly natural that they, as men, should say so. Our business as women was to recognize this and act accordingly. — Christabel Pankhurst

We must get rid of the habit of classing all women together politically and thinking of the 'woman's vote' as one and indivisible. — Laura Ingalls Wilder

I used to oppose women's suffrage and I've come to support it because these women have convinced me that we need full gender equality for full democratic participation. — Louis D. Brandeis

What is true of Mr. Mill's influence on the women's-suffrage question is true also of the other political movements in which he took an active interest. — Millicent Fawcett

Simple Vote Quotes

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Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence - they deserve a simple vote. — Barack Obama

It's unfortunate that we see a great many women settling. They think that simply because they have gotten the right to vote, own property and have gained some simple freedoms that the battle for women's suffrage is over. — Frederick Lenz

They say, oh, let’s have multiparty politics. Let’s have different parties change and be in charge of the Government. Is it that simple? You vote in a Division Three government, not a Division One government, and the whole economy will just subside within three, four years. Finished. — Lee Kuan Yew

It's about time that we create first class citizenship for every American plain and simple. Every New Jersey-ian. This should not be a popular vote. This is something we should do now. — Cory Booker

The American struggle for the vote was much more difficult than the English for the simple reason that it was much more easy. — Rebecca West

[Banning marriage equality is] discrimination, plain and simple. It's really not about votes. It's about people. I think it's the right thing to do as a human being. — Jay-Z

I voted for Barack because he was black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people - because they look like them... That's American politics, pure and simple. — Samuel L. Jackson

There was always resistance and there was always a counter-narrative, but we were told all through the early twentieth century that black people in the South don't want an education, they don't want to vote, they're simple people, they don't want this, they don't want that. — Bill Ayers

I think it is a simple statement of principle that in a democracy you should make your MPs work harder for your vote and try and get at least majority support in their local area, and that in a nutshell is what AV does. — Nick Clegg

At its most basic the democratic contract is a simple one: the right to vote comes with a responsibility to society, through tax payments and citizenship. — Lucy Powell

Woman Suffrage Quotes

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... a large portion of those who demand woman suffrage are persons who have not been trained to reason, and are chiefly guided by their generous sensibilities. — Catharine Beecher

Do not stand in the way of the next step in human progress. No one living who reads the signs of the times but realizes that woman suffrage must come. We are working for the ballot as a matter of justice and as a step for human betterment. — Carrie Chapman Catt

... pure and intelligent women can be deceived and misled by the baser sort, their very innocence and experience making them credulous and the helpless tools of the guilty and bold. — Catharine Beecher

The most disappointing feature of working for a cause is that so few people have a philosophy of life. We used to say, in the suffrage movement, that we could trust the woman who believed in suffrage, but we could never trust the woman who just wanted to vote. — Jeannette Rankin

Just as the world war is no white man's war, but every man's war, so is the struggle for woman suffrage no white woman's struggle, but every woman's struggle. — Carrie Chapman Catt

... [woman suffrage] has made little difference beyond doubling the number of voters. There is no woman's vote as such. They divide up just about as men do. — Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Perhaps the fact that I am not a Radical or a believer in the all powerful ballot for women to right her wrongs and that I do notscorn womanly duties, but claim it as a privilege to clean up and sort of supervise the room and sew things, etc., is winning me stronger allies than anything else. — Ellen Swallow Richards

I expect to do more work for woman suffrage in the next decade than ever before. — Susan B. Anthony

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. — Susan B. Anthony

Parliaments have stopped laughing at woman suffrage, and politicians have begun to dodge! It is the inevitable premonition of coming victory. — Carrie Chapman Catt

Universal Suffrage Quotes

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All governments use force and all assert that they are founded on reason. In fact, whether universal suffrage prevails or not, it is always an oligarchy that governs, finding ways to give to'the will of the people'the expression which the few desire. — Vilfredo Pareto

The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote, the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied and the butchery of negroes should have ceased. — Ida B. Wells

I believe Western culture - rule of law, universal suffrage, etc. - is preferable to Arab culture: that's why there are millions of Muslims in Scandinavia, and four Scandinavians in Syria. Follow the traffic. I support immigration, but with assimilation. — Mark Steyn

When a battle for suffrage is conducted, it should only be conducted according to socialist principles, and therefore with the demand of universal suffrage for women and men. — Clara Zetkin

Once I should have been, if not satisfied, partially, at least, contented with suffrage for the intelligent and those who have been soldiers; now I am convinced that universal suffrage is demanded by sound policy and impartial justice. — Salmon P. Chase

A State which has universal suffrage and a wide extension of the jury franchise, must qualify the people by education to rightly exercise the great powers with which they are invested. — Edmund Barton

Carry out the republican principle of universal suffrage, or strike it from your banners and substitute 'Freedom and Power to one half of society, and Submission and Slavery to the other.' — Ernestine Rose

The Paris Commune was first and foremost a democracy. The government was a body elected by universal suffrage. — C. L. R. James

Everyone says Francois Mitterrand had huge charisma. But before he was president they used to call him badly dressed, old, archaic and say he knew nothing about the economy until the day he was elected. It's called universal suffrage. When you're elected, you become the person that embodies France. — Francois Hollande

Universal suffrage is sound in principle. The radical element is right. — Rutherford B. Hayes

Suffrage Movement Quotes

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The American suffrage movement has been, until very recently, altogether a parlor affair, absolutely detached from the economic needs of the people. — Emma Goldman

The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that. — Gloria Steinem

The woman suffrage movement in the United States was a movement of the spirit of the Revolution which was striving to hold the nation to the ideals which won independence. — Carrie Chapman Catt

You want the vote so badly that you think it worth while to become hysterical over it.' 'There is not much hysteria in the movement, only hysteria is the thing that strikes a hysterical press as most worthy of note. — Stella Benson

Right To Vote Quotes

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The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it. — Alexander Hamilton

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

If blacks were given the right to vote, that would place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored in the country upon an equality with the poor white man. — Andrew Johnson

It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record. — Joe Baca

All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong. — Henry David Thoreau

In this country, we not only have a right to vote, we have a right to know who we can vote for. — Jill Stein

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The greatest threat to the constitutional right to vote is voter fraud. — Lynn Westmoreland

If the right to vote were expanded to seven year olds … its policies would most definitely reflect the ‘legitimate concerns’ of children to have ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ access to ‘free’ french fries, lemonade and videos. — Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Democracy now means the right of the people to vote for candidates approved by liberal judges. — David O. Sacks

We ask only for justice and equal rights-the right to vote, the right to our own earnings, equality before the law. — Lucy Stone

People Writing About Suffrage

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Read quotes by Carrie Chapman Catt

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Read quotes by Susan B. Anthony

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Read quotes by George Bernard Shaw

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More Suffrage Quotes

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Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts. — Anna Quindlen

I don't read such small stuff as letters, I read men and nations. I can see through a millstone, though I can't see through a spelling-book. What a narrow idea a reading qualification is for a voter! — Sojourner Truth

They who say that women do not desire the right of suffrage, that they prefer masculine domination to self-government, falsify every page of history, every fact in human experience. It has taken the whole power of the civil and canon law to hold woman in the subordinate position which it is said she willingly accepts. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country. — Noah Webster

While the Right of Suffrage is conceded to thousands notoriously ignorant, vicious, and drunken, ... a Constitutional denial to Black men, as such, of Political Rights freely secured to White men, is monstrously unjust and irrational. — Horace Greeley

Suffrage is a common right of citizenship. Women have the right of suffrage. Logically it cannot be escaped. — Victoria Woodhull

In my suffrage work, I learned beyond question that the news coming through the great press agencies was colored and distorted; and if this has been done on one subject, it has doubtless been done on others. A good many women, I think, learned a wholesome distrust of press reports during the suffrage struggle. — Alice Stone Blackwell

Father had notions about manhood suffrage, public schools, the education and the elevation of the masses, and the gradual emancipation of the slaves, that did not suit the uncompromising views of people in places like Richmond. — John Sergeant Wise

If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason. — James Madison

Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall. — Max Lerner

I worked for suffrage for years, and got it. I've worked for peace for 55 years and haven't come close. — Jeannette Rankin

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