We have been here over forty years, a longer period than the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness, coming to this Capitol pleading for this recognition of the principle that the Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Mr. Chairman, we ask that you report our resolution favorably if you can but unfavorably if you must; that you report one way or the other, so that the Senate may have the chance to consider it.
Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919), U.S. minister, suffragist, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5 ch. 10, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).
Speaking on April 19, 1910, before a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee; it was chaired by Senator Alexander S. Clay of Georgia. Shaw, who was then President of the National Woman Suffrage Association, presented petitions and said: " ... we petitioners pray this honorable body to submit to the Legislatures of the several States for ratification an amendment to the Federal Constitution which will enable American women to vote."