My views on the Suffragettes and some quotes from the international suffrage movement

Carla Solo, February 6, 2018

(The Suffragettes. Photo Source: The Guardian)

It has been 100 years since the suffragettes won the right to vote for women in Britain. As a female, I would like to write my personal views on it.

It’s great that women have had the vote for 100 years, and it is something worth celebrating. However, it is sad to think that once a upon a time, women didn’t have the right to vote, as our opinions seemed unimportant to men. It is also sad to think that women all over the world are still struggling for their rights today, and not only for the right to vote, but against attitudes of misogyny, male dominance in the household, domestic violence, sexual assault, child marriage, female genital mutilation etc. The horrifying list goes on and on. The suffragettes put their lives at risk, and even broke laws to get their message of equality across. At the time, it seemed so radical that women should be enfranchised, but the public’s general attitude has certainly changed now. I am grateful for the Suffragettes and all that they have bravely done for us.

To celebrate the 100 years of the vote for women, I would like to share some inspiring quotes from the international suffrage movement.

(Susan B. Anthony, American Women’s Rights Activist. Photo Source: Democrat and Chronicle)

‘There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.’ – Susan B. Anthony

‘Suffrage is a common right of citizenship. Women have the right of suffrage. Logically it cannot be escaped.’ – Victoria Woodhull

‘Proof that they do not understand the republic is that in their fine promises for universal suffrage, they forgot women.’ – Delphine de Gerardin

‘Carry out the republican principal of universal suffrage, or strike it from your banners and substitute ‘Freedom and Power to one half of society, and Submission and Slavery to the other.’ – Ernestine Rose

(Christabel Pankhurst, Co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union in Britain. Photo Source: Thought Co.)

‘Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand besides us, fight with us.’ – Christabel Pankhurst

‘The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.’ – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

(Emmeline Pankhurst, Leader of The British Suffragette Movement. Photo Source: The Daily Mirror)

‘I thought I had been a suffragist before I became a Poor Law Guardian, but now I began to think about the vote in women’s hands not only as a right but as a desperate necessity.’ – Emmeline Pankhurst

‘Mr. President how long must women wait to get their liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve.’ – Alice Paul

‘In the true married relationship, the independence of husband and wife will be equal, their dependence mutual, and their obligations reciprocal.’ – Lucretia Mott

‘The best protection any woman can have… is courage.’ – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

‘What draws men and women together is stronger than the brutality and tyranny which drive them apart.’ – Millicent Fawcett

‘Deeds, not words.’ – Emmeline Pankhurst

‘Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.’ – Susan B. Anthony

And last but not least;

(Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American Suffragist. Photo Source: The Recorder)

‘The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. Every truth we see is ours to give the world, not to keep for ourselves alone, for in so doing we cheat humanity out of their rights and check our own development.’ – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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