Susan B. Anthony was an activist who fought for the abolition of slavery, for the rights of workers, and for equality for women. Here are ten of her quotes, in honor of International Women’s Day:
1. Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
2. I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
3. I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women.
4. Independence is happiness.
5. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
6. 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.
7. There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.
8. No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.
9. 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.
10. The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not.