Mary Putnam Jacobi


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  • ''... the danger of illicit sex influences is, and always has been, in inverse proportion to the degree to which women approximated to equality with men, in social dignity and in opportunity for public responsibility.''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 3 (1894). By "illicit sex influences," Jacobi meant prostitution.
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  • ''It is one thing to say, "Some men shall rule," quite another to declare, "All men shall rule," and that in virtue of the most primitive, the most rudimentary attribute they possess, that namely of sex.''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 4 (1894).
  • ''... spinsterhood [is considered to be] an abnormality of small proportions and small consequence, something like an extra finger or two on the body, presumably of temporary duration, and never of any social significance.''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 2 (1894).
  • ''... men, accustomed to think of men as possessing sex attributes and other things besides, are accustomed to think of women as having sex, and nothing else.''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 5 (1894). On men's opposition to women's rights, especially suffrage.
  • ''Even American women are not felt to be persons in the same sense as the male immigrants among the Hungarians, Poles, Russian Jews,—not to speak of Italians, Germans, and the masters of all of us—the Irish!''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. "Common Sense" Applied to Woman Suffrage, ch. 2 (1894).
  • ''To-day women constitute the only class of sane people excluded from the franchise ...''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. "Common Sense" Applied to Woman Suffrage, Appendix (1894).
  • ''... [the] special relation of women to children, in which the heart of the world has always felt there was something sacred, serves to impress upon women certain tendencies, to endow them with certain virtues ... which will render them of special value in public affairs.''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. "Common Sense" Applied to Woman Suffrage, Appendix (1894).

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