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Mr. Douglass talks about the wrongs of the negro; but with all the outrages that he to-day suffers, he would not exchange his sex and take the place of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 22, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and herself (1882). Speaking at a May 12, 1869, anniversary celebration of the Equal Rights Association, held in New York. Anthony was disagreeing with Frederick Douglass (c. 1817-1895), the distinguished African American advocate of African American rights and universal suffrage. Douglass had argued that African American men's need for suffrage was more urgent than women's. Stanton (1815-1902) was a prominent suffragist and was Anthony's closest colleague and friend.
Not one of our national officers ever has had a dollar of salary. I retire on full pay!Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 21, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902). On resigning the presidency of the National Woman Suffrage Association in February 1900. Then in her eightieth year of life, Anthony had held office in woman suffrage organizations continuously for forty-eight years.
What are they applauding for?Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5 ch. 2, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). From a Washington Times report of the thirty-fourth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, held in Washington, D.C., in February 1902. Anthony, who had been a suffrage leader for fifty years and would celebrate her eighty- second birthday during the convention, looked around the room and said this when greeted by "a thunder of applause" from the delegates.
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 (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Eighty Years and More, ch. 18, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1898). Anthony said this c. 1873, reacting to an editorial in a Kalamazoo, Michigan, journal which focused on her appearance, ridiculing her age (53) and her style of dress. Methuselah was the oldest man mentioned in the Bible; he died at age 969. Worth's was a store that sold fine clothing.
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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 (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). In a 1905 interview with Edwin Tracey of the New York Press.
There never seems to be any difficulty in stretching the laws and the constitution to fit any kind of a political deal, but when it is proposed to make some concession to women they loom up like an unscalable wall.Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 54, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). Said in November 1899, of men's resistance to putting women on the school board in Rochester, New York.
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This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me thenbut they were not roses.Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 68, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). Upon being deluged with tossed bouquets of flowers at a reception in her honor which was held on June 30M"Woman's Day"Mat the Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905, Portland, Oregon. In her fifty-three years as a suffrage leader, Anthony had seen the typical public response to her appearance evolve from hostility and ridicule into affectionate respect.
I can't say that the college-bred woman is the most contented woman. The broader her mind the more she understands the unequal conditions between men and women, the more she chafes under a government that tolerates it.Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). In a 1905 interview with Edwin Tracey of the New York Press.
I think it a much wiser thing to secure for the thousands of mothers in this State the legal control of the children they now have, than to bring others into the world who would not belong to me after they were born.Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 7, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Anthony said this in 1854, on being told that she should marry and have children. She was referring to the fact that married women enjoyed few legal rights; they did not have equal say in decisions regarding their children and lost custody of them in case of divorce.
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowballthe further I am rolled the more I gain.Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 46, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Said in 1896. Within four years, she would begin to suffer health problems and a reduced capacity for work.
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