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Quotes from Inspiring Women Throughout History 

Lucretia Mott

1793-1880

"Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege."

Lucretia Coffin Mott was an early feminist activist and a strong advocate for ending slavery. A powerful orator, she dedicated her life to speaking out against racial and gender injustice.

Sojourner Truth

1797-1883

"Now, if you want me to get out of the world, you had better get the women voting soon. I shan't go till I can do that."

A former slave, Sojourner Truth became an outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women's rights in the nineteenth century. Her Civil War work earned her an invitation to meet President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

Susan B. Anthony

1820-1906

"There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights  men have on this green earth."

Champion of temperance, abolition, the rights of labor, and equal pay for equal work, Susan Brownell Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of the women's suffrage movement. Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she traveled around the country, delivering speeches in favor of women's suffrage.

Emmaline Pankhurst

1858-1928

"We are here, not because we are lawbreakers; we are here in our efforts to become lawmakers."

Political activist and organizer of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. In 1999 Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating, "she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back." She was widely criticized for her militant tactics, and historians disagree about their effectiveness. Still, her work is recognized as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.

Carrie Chapman Catt

1859-1947

"The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty."

A skilled political strategist, Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt, was a suffragist and peace activist who helped secure American women the right to vote. She directed the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and founded the League of Women Voters (1920) to bring women into the political mainstream.

Fannie Lou Hamer

1917-1977

To the 1964 Democratic National Convention:

"I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate, and powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movements and a leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunities for African Americans.

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 “Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege.”  Lucretia Mott 

https://www.quotetab.com/quotes/by-lucretia-mott

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/lucretia-mott

 

“Now, if you want me to get out of the world, you had better get the women voting soon. I shan't go till I can do that.” Sojourner Truth https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/200277.Sojourner_Truth

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/sojourner-truth

 

“There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights  men have on this green earth.” Susan B Anthony

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/401251-there-shall-never-be-another-season-of-silence-until-women

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/susan-b-anthony

 

“We are here, not because we are lawbreakers; we are here in our efforts to become lawmakers.”  Emmaline Pankhurst

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/emmeline_pankhurst_15978

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmeline_Pankhurst

 

“The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your liberty.”  Carrie Chapman Catt

https://www.bustle.com/articles/180938-10-of-the-most-inspiring-quotes-from-suffragettes

 https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/carrie-chapman-catt

 

To the 1964 Democratic National Convention:

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  Fannie Lou Hamer

 https://www.thoughtco.com/fannie-lou-hamer-quotes-3528650

 https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/fannie-lou-hamer

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