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Quotations From ANNA HOWARD SHAW

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  • 1.
    I care nothing for all the political parties in the world except as they stand for justice.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 43, by Ida Husted Harper (1898-1908). Said in 1894.

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  • 2.
    Think of submitting our measure to the advice of politicians! I would as soon submit the subject of the equality of a goose to a fox.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 42, by Ida Husted Harper (1898-1908). In an 1894 letter to Laura M. Johns, President of the Kansas State Suffrage Association, on Republican pressure not to pursue getting a suffrage amendment to the state Constitution.
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    I would rather be known as an advocate of equal suffrage than to speak every night on the best-paying platforms in the United States and ignore it.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. suffragist, minister, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 1, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). In an address delivered in 1901 to the thirty-third annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. She was recalling the advice she had received from a man who told her that if she "would only give up for a time" the causes of woman suffrage and prohibition, she could "earn enough money on the regular lecture platform in a few years to live on for the rest of your life." Shaw, who was a minister, was also one of the suffrage movement's most powerful speakers.

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    Any woman who does not live for unselfish service is a useless cumberer of the earth.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. suffragist, minister, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 1, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). The Rev. Dr. Shaw may have been the first woman to earn both divinity and medical degrees. She said this in an address delivered in 1901 to the thirty-third annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

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  • 5.
    When I hear that there are 5,000,000 working women in this country, I always take occasion to say that there are 18,000,000 but only 5,000,000 receive their wages.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. minister, suffragist, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 8, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). Speaking in October 1908 before the fortieth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

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  • 6.
    The millennium will not come as soon as women vote, but it will not come until they do vote.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. minister and suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 17, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902). Speaking before the twenty-ninth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, held January 26-29, 1897, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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  • 7.
    It is better to be true to what you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false to what you believe, even if that belief is correct.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. minister and suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 15, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902). In a sermon preached to the National Woman Suffrage Association during its twenty-seventh annual convention, held January 31-February 5, 1895, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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