It is not revolutionary on our part to ask a share in our Government. We are demanding it because it is in accord with American ideals and absolutely essential to the establishment of true democracy. A democratic form of government is right or it is not right—it is either right that the people should be self- governed or that they should not. If it is not right, then we ought to know it; the whole people ought to know it. If it is right, then the whole people ought to have equal opportunities in self-government.... Some one asked Wendell Phillips if Christianity were not a failure and he replied, "It has not yet been tried." So we can say in regard to democracy.
Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919), U.S. minister, suffragist, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 10, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).
Speaking on April 19, 1910, before a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee; it was chaired by Senator Alexander S. Clay of Georgia. Wendell Phillips (1811 -1884) was an abolitionist and an advocate of various other social reforms, including woman suffrage.