Quotation by Anna Gordon

The clause which lived twenty-four hours in the Alabama Constitution, granting to taxpaying women owning $500 worth of property the suffrage on questions of bonded indebtedness, was killed by a disease peculiar to the genus homo known as chivalry. In the case in point, the diagnosis revealed that the fairest, purest and brightest jewels that ever shone under the brilliant rays of God's shining sun would be immeasurably lowered by voting upon questions relating to the taxation of their own property. Yet, under the vagaries of this disease, this same convention conferred on husbands the right to vote on their wives' property. This is the same character of chivalry which gives the wages of the brightest, fairest jewels to the husband, which makes impossible equal pay for equal work and which classes the jewels with the idiots, insane and criminals in that and other States.
Anna Gordon (1853–1931), U.S. temperance activist and suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 2, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).

Speaking in February 1902 before the thirty-fourth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. "Idiots, insane [people] and criminals" were the only male citizens denied suffrage.
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