Quotation by Jennie Carolyn Van Ness

It's not that we want the political jobs themselves ... but they seem to be the only language the men understand. We don't really want these $200 a year jobs. But the average man doesn't understand working for a cause.
Jennie Carolyn Van Ness (b. c. 1890–?), U.S. educator, suffragist, and politician. First quoted in the Jersey Journal (April 22, 1927). As quoted in Past and Promise, part 3, by Susan Booker Welsh and Gloria S. Dittman (1990).

After suffrage was granted to women in 1919, Van Ness became involved in Republican politics in Essex County, New Jersey; in 1920, she and Margaret B. Laird became the first women elected to the New Jersey State legislature.
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