Thursday, March 08, 2007
Thursday Night Guest..
Susan B. Anthony February 15,1820-March 13, 1906
In 1849, Susan gave her first public speech for the Daughters of Temperance, an organization which sought to help women and children who suffered abuse from alcoholic husbands and fathers. This was one of the very first expressions of feminism in this country.
She was devoted to the Antislavery Movement from 1854 to the outbreak of the Civil War, in 1861.
During this time, Susan met Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Amelia Bloomer, and in 1872, joined them in demanding that women be granted the same rights that African-American males had been granted under the 14th and 15th amendments. After attempting to vote, and being arrested a couple times, she fought for a federal woman suffrage amendment through the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869-90) and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890-1906) and by lecturing throughout the country.
Susan B. Anthony did not live to see women get the vote, a poignant note in our history, but women's suffrage owed much to her efforts.
• Independence is happiness.
• Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
• The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball -- the further I am rolled the more I gain.
• 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.
• Suffrage is the pivotal right.
• The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it.
• Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
• It would be ridiculous to talk of male and female atmospheres, male and female springs or rains, male and female sunshine.... how much more ridiculous is it in relation to mind, to soul, to thought, where there is as undeniably no such thing as sex, to talk of male and female education and of male and female schools. [written with Elizabeth Cady Stanton]
• [T]here never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.
• 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, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.
• How can you not be all on fire? ... I really believe I shall explode if some of you young women don't wake up --and raise your voice in protest against the impending crime of this nation upon the new islands it has clutched from other folks. Do come into the living present and work to save us from any more barbaric male governments.