Quotation by Lillie Devereux Blake

We are tired of the pretense that we have special privileges and the reality that we have none; of the fiction that we are queens, and the fact that we are subjects; of the symbolism which exalts our sex but is only a meaningless mockery.
Lillie Devereux Blake (1835–1913), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 2, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).

In a speech entitled "The Unknown Quantity in Politics," delivered at an 1884 convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association; Blake was a delegate from New York.
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