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Quotations From JANE GREY SWISSHELM

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  • 1.
    I had lived over twenty years without the legal right to be alone one hour M to have the exclusive use of one foot of space M to receive an unopened letter, or to preserve a line of manuscript "from sharp and sly inspection."
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 164, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880).

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  • 2.
    I must be the mate of the man I had chosen; and if he would not come to my level, I must go to his.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 50, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880).
  • 3.
    A woman with her two children was captured on the steps of the capitol building, whither she had fled for protection, and this, too, while the stars and stripes floated over it.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, pp. 148-49, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880). On Washington slave trade.

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  • 4.
    We have not the slightest idea that women are made of such light material that the breath of any fool or knave may blow them on the rocks of ruin.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. newspaper editor, abolitionist, temperance and women's rights activist. The Lily, p. 3 (January 1850). The first feminist journal in the United States, the magazine was edited by Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894) in Seneca Falls, N.Y, for the majority of its 1849-1858 run.

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  • 5.
    I put away my brushes; resolutely crucified my divine gift, and while it hung writhing on the cross, spent my best years and powers cooking cabbage. "A servant of servants shall she be," must have been spoken of women, not Negroes.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm, U.S. newspaperwoman, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Half a Century, ch. 8 (1880). On giving up her artistic work to keep house for her husband. Later, she would become a journalist and the founder of an abolitionist newspaper, the Pittsburg Saturday Visiter.

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  • 6.
    Women should not weaken their cause by impracticable demands. Make no claim which could not be won in a reasonable time. Take one step at a time, get a good foothold in it and advance carefully.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 143-44, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880). On women's rights.

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  • 7.
    So, instead of spending my strength quarreling with the hand, I would strike for the heart of that great tyranny.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 102, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880). On her decision to fight for a woman's right to keep her own money.

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  • 8.
    When a woman starts out in the world on a mission, secular or religious, she should leave her feminine charms at home.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. newspaperwoman, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Half a Century, ch. 21 (1880).

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  • 9.
    They plough, harrow, reap, dig, make hay, rake, bind grain, thresh, chop wood, milk, churn, do anything that is hard work, physical labor, and who says anything against it?
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Letters To Country Girls, p. 78, John C. Riker, New York (1853).

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  • 10.
    I cannot tell what I am as much afraid of, as a woman who invariably washes on Monday. It is a kind of key to character; and if her mouth is not puckered and her brow wrinkled, they will be, unless she repents.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Letters to Country Girls, p. 39, John C. Riker, New York (1853).

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