Quotation by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is twenty-eight years ago to-day since the first woman's rights convention ever held assembled in the Wesleyan chapel at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Could we have foreseen, when we called that convention, the ridicule, persecution, and misrepresentation that the demand for woman's political, religious and social equality would involve; the long, weary years of waiting and hoping without success; I fear we should not have had the courage and conscience to begin such a protracted struggle, nor the faith and hope to continue the work.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer. As quoted in The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 3, ch. 27, by Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and herself (1886).

In a letter to suffragist Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), dated July 19, 1876. It was read aloud by Stanton's longtime friend and sister suffragist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) in Philadelphia, at a celebration of the twenty-eighth anniversary of the Seneca Falls convention. Mott and Stanton had called the convention and had continued as women's rights activists ever since. Neither Mott nor Stanton nor Anthony would live to see their central goal—woman suffrage—achieved. It was established through the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which took effect in 1920.
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