When will the men do something besides extend congratulations? I would rather have President Roosevelt say one word to Congress in favor of amending the Constitution to give women the suffrage than to praise me endlessly!
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 70, by Ida Husted Harper (1908).
After listening to a long stream of politicians' congratulatory letters read aloud at a celebration of her eighty- sixth birthday held in Washington, D.C., on February 15, 1906. Despite her entreaties, President Theodore Roosevelt had not actively supported extension of the vote to women.