98 Woman Suffrage Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of woman suffrage quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about universal suffrage.

The Most Famous Woman Suffrage Quotes (Best in 2024)

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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

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

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

If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children. — Coretta Scott King

I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned. — Lucy Stone

A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human. — Vera Nazarian

Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men. — George Bernard Shaw

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. — Susan B. Anthony

I grew up so thoroughly imbued with women's rights that it was the most important question of my life from a very early day. — Lucretia Mott

Short Woman Suffrage Quotes

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  • Our 'pathway' is straight to the ballot box, with no variableness nor shadow of turning. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • 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
  • I expect to do more work for woman suffrage in the next decade than ever before. — Susan B. Anthony
  • All men would be tyrants if they could. — Daniel Defoe
  • To-day women constitute the only class of sane people excluded from the franchise. — Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
Woman suffrage quote The woman who follows the crowd will usually go on further than the crowd. The w
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go on further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.

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

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

Woman suffrage quote Love her but leave her wild.
Love her but leave her wild.

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

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

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

Woman suffrage quote I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving w
I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.

... 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

Women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness. — Meghan Markle

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

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

Universal Suffrage Quotes

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Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. — Nelson Mandela

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

Woman suffrage quote The saddest thing for a girl to do is dumb herself down for a guy.
The saddest thing for a girl to do is dumb herself down for a guy.

Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery. — Otto von Bismarck

Universal suffrage is counter-revolution. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

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

Woman suffrage quote A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.
A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.

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

Women's Equality Quotes

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I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. — Audre Lorde

I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end. — Alice Paul

If you believe in equal rights, then what do “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all. — Thomas Sowell

Woman suffrage quote A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage
A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it.

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. — Melinda Gates

Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. — Jane Austen

Woman suffrage quote Woman are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
Woman are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

Gender equality, historically has been predominantly a women's movement for women. But I think the impact of gender inequality and how it's affecting men hasn't really been addressed. — Sayings

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Men and women owe it to themselves and their nations to become interested in aviation. It's a field where we all can be as big as we want. — Bessie Coleman

Demands for equality for women are threats to men's self-esteem and sense of sexual turf. — Alice S. Rossi

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

Woman suffrage quote A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.
A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.

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 Woman Suffrage

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Read quotes by Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony
quotes on marriage, voting and slavery

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Read quotes by Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull
quotes on education, slavery and leadership

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Read quotes by Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt
quotes on education, friendship and love

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Read quotes by Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson
quotes on vietnam, education

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Read quotes by Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King
quotes on love, her husband and freedom

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Read quotes by Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone
quotes on education, slavery and freedom

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More Woman Suffrage Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We fully believed, so soon as we saw that woman's suffrage was right, every one would soon see the same thing, and that in a year or two, at farthest, it would be granted. — Antoinette Brown Blackwell

[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. — Susan B. Anthony

American suffragist, speech "Is Woman Suffrage Progressing?" at Stockholm, Sweden Radicalism is a label that is always applied to people who are endeavoring to get freedom. — Marcus Garvey

Woman suffrage is an unjust, unreasonable, unspiritual abnormality. It is a hard, undigested, tasteless, devitalized proposition. It is a half-fledged, unmusical, Promethean abomination. It is a quack bolus to reduce masculinity even by the obliteration of femininity. — John Boyle O'Reilly

The single most impressive fact about the attempt by American women to obtain the right to vote is how long it took. — Alice S Rossi

...feminism differs from reform of any kind, even franchise reform. Feminists, I should say, are not reformers at all, but ratherintellectual biologists and psychologists. — Rheta Childe Dorr

We woman suffragists have a great mission - the greatest mission the world has ever known. It is to free half the human race, and through that freedom to save the rest. — Emmeline Pankhurst

Extending over more than a century and including most nations of the globe, the cause of woman suffrage has been one of the great democratic forces in human history. — Ellen DuBois

Universal manhood suffrage, by establishing an aristocracy of sex, imposes upon the women of this nation a more absolute and cruel despotism than monarchy; in that, woman finds a political master in her father, husband, brother, son. The aristocracies of the old world are based upon birth, wealth, refinement, education, nobility, brave deeds of chivalry; in this nation, on sex alone; exalting brute force above moral power, vice above virtue, ignorance above education, and the son above the mother who bore him. — Susan B. Anthony

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

... no community where more than one-half of the adults are disfranchised and otherwise incapacitated by law and custom, can be free from great vices. Purity is inconsistent with slavery. — Tennessee Celeste Claflin

It is too late in the century for women who have received the benefits of co-education in schools and colleges, and who bear theirfull share in the world's work, not to care who make the laws, who expound and who administer them. — Judith Ellen Foster

... women learned one important lesson--namely, that it is impossible for the best of men to understand women's feelings or the humiliation of their position. When they asked us to be silent on our question during the War, and labor for the emancipation of the slave, we did so, and gave five years to his emancipation and enfranchisement.... I was convinced, at the time, that it was the true policy. I am now equally sure that it was a blunder. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

... woman does not see what people of intellect perceived fifty years ago: that suffrage is an evil, that it has only helped to enslave people, that it has but closed their eyes that they may not see how craftily they were made to submit. — Emma Goldman

... woman's narrow and purist attitude toward life makes her a greater danger to liberty wherever she has political power. Man haslong overcome the superstitions that still engulf women. — Emma Goldman

... even if the right to vote brought to women no better work, no better pay, no better conditions in any way, she should have itfor her own self-respect and to compel man's respect for her. — Susan B. Anthony

Had I represented twenty thousand voters in Michigan, that political editor would not have known nor cared whether I was the oldest or the youngest daughter of Methuselah, or whether my bonnet came from the Ark or from Worth's. — Susan B. Anthony

So long as State constitutions say that all may vote when twenty-one, save idiots, lunatics, convicts and women, you are brought down politically to the level of those others disfranchised. — Susan B. Anthony

We are told it will be of no use for us to ask this measure of justice--that the ballot be given to the women of our new possessions upon the same terms as to the men--because we shall not get it. It is not our business whether we are going to get it; our business is to make the demand.... Ask for the whole loaf and take what you can get. — Susan B. Anthony

... while one-half of the people of the United States are robbed of their inherent right of personal representation in this freestcountry on the face of the globe, it is idle for us to expect that the men who thus rob women will not rob each other as individuals, corporations and Government. — Susan B. Anthony

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