I have everything in the world that is necessary to happiness, good faith, good friends and all the work I can possibly do. I think God's greatest blessing to the human race was when He sent man forth into the world to earn his bread by the sweat of his face. I believe in toil, in the dignity of labor, but I also believe in adequate compensation for that toil.
Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919), U.S. minister, suffragist, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 8, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).
Speaking in October 1908 before the fortieth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. The last clause refers indirectly to the issue of "equal pay for equal work," by this time a frequently used slogan in the women's rights movement.