Quotation by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The coarser forms of slavery all can see and deplore, but the subjections of the spirit, few either comprehend or appreciate. In our day women carrying heavy burdens on their shoulders while men walk by their side smoking their pipes, or women harnessed to plows and carts with cows and dogs while men drive, are sights which need no eloquent appeals to move American men to pity and indignation. But the subtle humiliations of women possessed of wealth, education, and genius, men on the same plane can not see or feel, and yet can any misery be more real than invidious distinctions on the ground of sex in the laws and constitution, in the political, religious, and moral position of those who in nature stand the peers of each other?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author, Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826–1898), U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer. History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 19 (1882).
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