Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Women’s Sovereignty

“The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright of self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Speech before Senate Judiciary Committee, 18 Jan. 1892

Excerpted from: Schapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

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