Quotations From ELIZABETH CADY STANTON


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  • We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch.... I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. campaigner for women's rights. Eight Years and More, ch. 24 (1898).

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  • I have such an intense pride of sex that the triumphs of women in art, literature, oratory, science, or song rouse my enthusiasm as nothing else can.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer. Eighty Years and More (1815-1897), ch. 17 (1898).

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  • I see by the papers that you have once more stirred that pool of intellectual stagnation, the educational convention.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1, ch. 10, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). In an 1857 letter to Susan B. Anthony, her close friend and sister activist, who had created a sensation at the State Teachers' Convention in Binghamton, NY, by advocating equal treatment of African Americans, girls, and women in education—as both students and teachers.
  • The True Republic—Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, and Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1, ch. 21, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). This was the "motto" of their newspaper, The Revolution (1868-1970), which advocated suffrage and other rights for women.

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  • ... strike the words "white male" from all your constitutions, and then, with fair sailing, let us sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish together.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, part 3, by Miriam Schnier (1972). The conclusion of her 1860 address to the New York State legislature.

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  • Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer. Eighty Years and More (1815-1897), ch. 24 (1898). Reflecting on the large number of untalented girls hoping to gain distinction as artists.

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  • Women and negroes, being seven-twelfths of the people, are a majority; and according to our republican theory, are the rightful rulers of the nation.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 20, by Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and herself (1882). Speaking to the New York Constitutional Convention on January 23, 1867.

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  • I thought that the chief thing to be done in order to equal boys was to be learned and courageous. So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer. Eighty Years and More (1815-1897), ch. 2 (1898). Of the death of her brother, the only boy of the family's six children, in 1826, when she was eleven. Aware that her bereaved father had longed for another son, she vowed to him "to be all my brother was."

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  • Words cannot describe the indignation ... a proud woman feels for her sex in disfranchisement.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author, Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898), U.S. suffragist. History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 19 (1882).

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  • Human beings lose their logic in their vindictiveness.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. author, suffragist, and social reformer. Elizabeth Cady Stanton as Revealed in her Letters, Diary and Reminiscences, vol. 2, letter dated November 28, 1890 (1922).
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