Who can measure the advantages that would result if the magnificent abilities of these women could be devoted to the needs of government, society and home, instead of being consumed in the struggle to obtain their birthright of individual freedom? Until this be gained we can never know, we can not even prophesy the capacity and power of women for the uplifting of humanity.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 53, by Ida Husted Harper (1908).
From an address entitled "Position of Women in the Political Life of the United States," delivered on June 27, 1899, to the International Council of Women in London. She was referring to the large amounts of time, over more than five decades, that she and dozens of other women had devoted to the struggle for suffrage.