They tell us that women can bring better things to pass by indirect influence. Try to persuade any man that he will have more weight, more influence, if he gives up his vote, allies himself with no party and relies on influence to achieve his ends! By all means let us use to the utmost whatever influence we have, but in all justice do not ask us to be content with this.
Mrs. William C. Gannett, U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 8, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).
Speaking in October 1908 before the fortieth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, with reference to the common antisuffrage argument that women did not need the vote because they exerted even stronger influence upon events through their private family roles. The speaker was identified only as the "wife of the Unitarian minister, William C. Gannett of Rochester, N.Y." and as a "loving friend" of the late suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).