Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people who have no intelligent knowledge of what they condemn?
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation.
Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best word, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.
I never felt I could give up my life of freedom to become a man’s housekeeper. When I was young, if a girl married poor she became a housekeeper and a drudge. If she married wealthy, she became a pet and a doll.
I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. 'Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.'
I shall not sit down. I will not lose my only chance to speak.
If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it. And the only possible way to accomplish this great change is to accord to women equal power in the making, shaping and controlling of the circumstances of life.
Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.
No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.
Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.
Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women.
The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires.
The work of woman is not to lessen the severity or the certainty of the penalty for the violation of the moral law, but to prevent this violation by the removal of the causes which lead to it.
We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.
What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.
Whoever controls work and wages, controls morals.
Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.
You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry.