Susan B. Anthony was an American socialist and reformer who along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement. She was the architect and leader of various movements such as Women's Loyal National League, American Equal Rights Association and National Woman Suffrage Association. The primary goal of these syndicates was to empower women and their political, social and financial rights. Despite wide criticism for her efforts in her early years, public perception of her work transformed radically in later years. To commemorate her activism regarding women’s rights, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that several denominations of United States currency would be redesigned as an effort to pay homage to the women's suffrage movement. We have collected her quotes and sayings from her speeches, observations, writings, interviews etc on equality, gender bias, feminism, socialism, tyranny, oppression and intellectualism. Let us go through these popular quotes which would provide a deep insight into the thoughts of this revolutionary reformer from 19th century America.
Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.
Susan B. Anthony
Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.
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.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less
We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights. Before governments were organized, no one denies that each individual possessed the right to protect his own life, liberty and property.
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 is downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government: the ballot.
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. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people - women as well as men.
Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people? We draw out from other people our own thought. If, when you go out to organize, you go with a broad spirit, you will create and call out breadth and toleration. You had better organize one woman on a broad platform than 10,000 on a narrow platform of intolerance and bigotry.
An oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters of every household... carries discord and rebellion into every home of the nation.
The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states, and the organic laws of the territories all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God-given rights. Not one of them pretends to bestow rights.
Susan B. Anthony
No one can doubt that the sufferings of the sober, virtuous woman, in legal subjection to the mastership of a drunken, immoral husband and father over herself and children, not only from physical abuse, but from spiritual shame and humiliation, must be such as the man himself can not possibly comprehend.
If women will not accept marriage with subjection, nor men proffer it without, there is, there can be, no alternative. The women who will not be ruled must live without marriage. And during this transition period... single women make comfortable and attractive homes for themselves.