Susan Brownell Anthony

(1820-1906 / Adams, Massachusetts)

Susan Brownell Anthony Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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.
  • ''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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