Quotation by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In asking for a voice in the government under which we live, have we been pursuing a shadow for fifty years? In seeking political power, are we abdicating that social throne where they tell us our influence is unbounded? No, no! The right of suffrage is no shadow, but a substantial entity that the citizen can seize and hold for his own protection and his country's welfare. A direct power over one's own person and property, an individual opinion to be counted, on all questions of public interest, are better than indirect influence, be that ever so far-reaching.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer. Eighty Years and More (1815-1897), ch. 22 (1898).

It was exactly fifty years since the first Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY, which Stanton had helped to organize and where the first formal demand for woman suffrage in America was set forth.
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