Quotations From SUSAN B ANTHONY

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  • 11.
    So long as State constitutions say that all may vote when twenty-one, save idiots, lunatics, convicts and women, you are brought down politically to the level of those others disfranchised.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 44, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). In a November 16, 1895, speech in Cleveland to the national convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, which strongly supported woman suffrage.

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  • 12.
    ... we should be miserable but for the consciousness that we have done all in our power to help forward every measure for the freedom and equality of the races and the sexes.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 41, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Written in an 1893 letter to Robert Purvis, an African American advocate of racial equality and woman suffrage.

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  • 13.
    Women, we might as well be dogs baying the moon as petitioners without the right to vote!
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 44, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). In a November 16, 1895, speech in Cleveland to the national convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, which strongly supported woman suffrage. Anthony considered it very difficult—perhaps futile—for that or any women's organization to effect changes in the law.

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  • 14.
    Suffrage is the pivotal right.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragette. "The Status of Women, Past, Present and Future," Arena (May 1897).
  • 15.
    I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Said in March 1905, at a Washington, D.C., meeting of the National Council of Women. She was objecting to a proposal that the Council "cooperate with Church and State to lessen the evil of divorce." Anthony had never married.

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  • 16.
    I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro—speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). Written to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905, reacting to a stirring speech he had made at the Republican Club of New York City on Lincoln's birthday. The speech, "devoted principally to the race question," argued that the African American man "should be treated with regard to his merits and not his color."

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  • 17.
    No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 45, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). At an Independence Day celebration in San Francisco on July 4, 1895. Anthony was paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln's antislavery statement, "No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent."

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  • 18.
    Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1, ch. 12, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). In an 1860 letter to William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, defending her decision to assist a woman who had run away, with her child, from an abusive husband. Garrison and Phillips were abolitionists who favored assisting runaway slaves.

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  • 19.
    I don't want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go.
    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). Anthony said this in 1896; she would live for ten more years, but would begin to suffer health problems and reduced capacity for work within four years.

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  • 20.
    Better lose me than lose a state.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist, speaker, and editor. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 38, by Ida Husted Harper (1898-1908). Said in 1890, to those who urged her not to undertake, at age 70, what promised to be a physically arduous suffrage campaign through South Dakota.
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