Quotation by Anna Julia Cooper

The colored woman feels that woman's cause is one and universal; and that not till the image of God, whether in parian or ebony, is sacred and inviolable; not till race, color, sex and condition are seen as the accidents and not the substance of life ... [ellipsis in source] not till then is woman's lesson taught and woman's cause won—not the white woman's, nor the red woman's, but the cause of every man and every woman who has writhed silently under a mighty wrong. Woman's wrongs are thus indissolubly linked with all undefended woe, and the acquirement of her "rights" will mean the final triumph of all right over might, the supremacy of the moral force of reason, and justice, and love in the government of the nations of the earth.
Anna Julia Cooper (1859–1964), African American author, feminist, and African American rights activist. As quoted in The Fair Women, ch. 6, by Jeanne Madeline Weimann (1981).

Stated at the 1892 Congress of Representative Women, expressing the sentiments of the Colored Woman's League, which she served as Corresponding Secretary.
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