The talk of sheltering woman from the fierce storms of life is the sheerest mockery, for they beat on her from every point of the compass, just as they do on man, and with more fatal results, for he has been trained to protect himself, to resist, to conquer.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 12, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).
From the 1892 address which was perhaps the great suffragist's most famous: "The Solitude of the Self." She was referring to the antisuffrage argument that women should be protected from the rough-and-tumble of the larger world, including politics.