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Quotes About Suffrage

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Oscar Wilde
“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.”
Oscar Wilde

Frederick Douglass
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
Frederick Douglass

Susan B. Anthony
“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.”
Susan B. Anthony

Frederick Douglass
“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.”
Frederick Douglass

Susan B. Anthony
“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

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, History of Woman Suffrage, Volumes I-III

Susan B. Anthony
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Susan B. Anthony

Richard M. Sherman
“And although we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they're rather stupid.”
Richard M. Sherman, Vocal Selections from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins

B.F. Skinner
“In the world at large we seldom vote for a principle or a given state of affairs. We vote for a man who pretends to believe in that principle or promises to achieve that state. We don't want a man, we want a condition of peace and plenty-- or, it may be, war and want-- but we must vote for a man.”
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two

Victoria Claflin Woodhull
“If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?”
Victoria Claflin Woodhull

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Amazing, Yetta thought. Back home I couldn't have chosen my own husband. And here I'm thinking about choosing presidents, governors, mayors, laws...
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Uprising

“That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.”
Lou Henry Hoover

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

“Be militant in your own way! Those of you who can break windows, break them. Those of you who can still further attack the secret idol of property...do so. And my last word is to the Government: I incite this meeting to rebellion. Take me if you dare! (Emmeline Pankhurst, 1912)”
Fran Abrams, Freedom's Cause: The Lives of the Suffragettes

“I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.”
Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story

“I thought I had been a suffragist before I became a Poor Law Guardian, but now I began to think about the vote in women's hands not only as a right but as a desperate necessity.”
Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story

Noah Webster
“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

Gwenn Wright
“And Mother, I love her dearly, but she flies into a panic whenever I mention women’s rights. As she sees it, it will be so much more difficult to marry me off if I am not only of a weak constitution but of a progressive mind as well.”
Gwenn Wright, Katherine's Journal

“Scoundrels will be corrupt and unconcerned citizens apathetic under even the best constitution.”
William Earl Maxwell, Texas Politics Today, 2011-2012 Edition

“But Mather's smile faded as he thought of what other provisions the charter contained. What would the godly say when they learned that the electorate was no longer to be limited to members of the Covenant but broadened to include propertied members of every Christian sect this side of papistry? This was a revolutionary innovation, whose consequences would be incalculable. Hitherto the limitation of the privilege of voting to the elect had been the very corner-stone of theocracy. It had been a wise and human provision designed to keep the faithful in control even when, as had long ago become the case, they were heavily outnumbered by lesser men without the Covenant. God who had not designated the majority of men to salvation surely never intended for the damned to rule. Yet now, under the new charter, it very much looked as if they might.”
Marion L. Starkey, The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials

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