Quotation by Susan B. Anthony

I never saw that great woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, but I have read her eloquent and unanswerable arguments in behalf of the liberty of womankind. I have met and known most of the progressive women who came after her—Lucretia Mott, the Grimke sisters, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone—a long galaxy of great women.... Those older women have gone on, and most of those who worked with me in the early years have gone. I am here for a little time only and then my place will be filled as theirs was filled. The fight must not cease; you must see that it does not stop.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 69, by Ida Husted Harper (1908).

Speaking in Baltimore, Maryland, in February 1906, at the thirty-eighth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Anthony was nearing her eighty-sixth birthday and was in very uncertain health. She had been a leader of the woman suffrage movement for 54 years, almost since its inception. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), a British author, wrote one of the earliest feminist tracts, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792); Anthony had never met her, of course, because she died before Anthony was born. Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) was an American suffragist and abolitionist; she also supported a number of other social reforms. Angelina (1805-1879) and Sarah (1792- 1873) Grimke were passionate abolitionists and suffragists. Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1816-1902) had been Anthony's closest friend and colleague, working with her for decades on prosuffrage activism. Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was an abolitionist and suffragist who married another active suffragist, Henry Brown Blackwell, but retained her birth name. Mott and Stanton had organized the first women's rights convention ever held in the United States, from which the woman suffrage movement dates: it opened in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19, 1848.
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