To-morrow I will have finished four-score years. I have lived to rise from the most despised and hated woman in all the world of fifty years ago, until now it seems as if I am loved by you all. If this is true, then I am indeed satisfied.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 ch. 21, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).
Said on the closing day of the thirty-second annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, held February 8-14, 1900, in Washington, D.C. Anthony had resigned the association's presidency after holding office in woman suffrage organizations continuously for forty-eight years. The next day, she turned eighty. Once widely resented and ridiculed for her advocacy of women's rights—especially suffrage—Anthony had become a respected personage, though suffrage still eluded American women.