Quotation by Mary Putnam Jacobi

No matter how well-born, how intelligent, how highly educated, how virtuous, how rich, how refined, the women of to-day constitute a political class below that of every man, no matter how base-born, how stupid, how ignorant, how vicious, how poverty-stricken, how brutal. The pauper in the almshouse may vote; the lady who devotes her philanthropic thought to making that almshouse habitable, may not. The tramp who begs cold victuals in the kitchen may vote; the heiress who feeds him and endows universities may not.
Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842–1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 4 (1894).

African American men had been granted suffrage by the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which took effect in 1870. Thus women were the only free and sane class of United States citizens still denied the vote. Jacobi was not, of course, protesting enfranchisement of "paupers" or "tramps"; she was simply pointing out the ironies inherent in sex discrimination.
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