Quotation by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Whether our feet are compressed in iron shoes, our faces hidden with veils and masks; whether yoked with cows to draw the plow through its furrows, or classed with idiots, lunatics and criminals in the laws and constitutions of the State, the principle is the same; for the humiliations of the spirit are as real as the visible badges of servitude.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 8, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).

In an opening-day speech before a meeting of the International Council of Women, which was held in Washington, D.C., March 25-April 1, 1888. Stanton was referring to the fact that only women, "idiots, lunatics and criminals" were denied the vote in America.
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