Quotation by Jane Grey Swisshelm

Their holders have always seemed to me like a woman who should undertake at a state fair to run a sewing machine, under pretense of advertising it, while she had never spent an hour in learning its use.
Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884), U.S. newspaperwoman, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Half a Century, ch. 29 (1880).

Swisshelm, formerly an abolitionist and defender of human rights, had attended five women's rights conventions; it was of these, which she thought were amateurishly run, that she was speaking.
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