Quotations From CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT

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    There are whole precincts of voters in this country whose united intelligence does not equal that of one representative American woman.
    Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 20, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902). In the closing address at the thirty-second annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, held February 8-14, 1900, in Washington, D.C. The address was entitled "Why We Ask for the Submission of an [Constitutional] Amendment." Catt was referring to the fact that although no woman, no matter how accomplished, was allowed to vote (except for limited voting rights in some states), virtually all men were, regardless of education, background, or ability.

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    In the adjustment of the new order of things, we women demand an equal voice; we shall accept nothing less.
    Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), U.S. suffragist, journalist, and educator. As quoted in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, part 5, by Miriam Schnier (1972). The closing line of Catt's notable speech delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1911. She served two terms as President of the National Woman Suffrage Association (1900-1904 and 1915-1920) and founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance.

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    In all history no class has been enfranchised without some selfish motive underlying. If to-day we could prove to Republicans or Democrats that every woman would vote for their party, we should be enfranchised.
    Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), U.S. 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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