To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes; to deny the rights of property is like cutting off the hands. To refuse political equality is like robbing the ostracized of all self-respect, of credit in the market place, of recompense in the world of work, of a voice in choosing those who make and administer the law, a choice in the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. The Solitude of Self (February 20, 1894).
From a famous speech delivered before a Senate committee which was considering arguments in favor of woman suffrage. Printed in the Congressional Record and reprinted in the Women's Tribune, the speech was remarkable for its refusal to engage the usual practical and democratic pro-suffrage arguments.