Woman's happiness and development are of more importance than all man's institutions. If constitutions and statute laws stand in the way of woman's emancipation, they must be amended to meet her wants and needs, of which she is a better judge than man possibly can be. If church canons and scriptures do not admit of women's equal recognition in all the sacred offices, then they must be revised in harmony with that idea. If the present family life is necessarily based on man's headship, then we must build a new domestic altar, at which the mother shall have equal dignity, honor and power; and we do not propose to wait another century to secure all this; the time has come.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 11, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).
In an address entitled "The Degradation of Disfranchisement," delivered before the first triennial convention of the National Council of Women, a prosuffrage organization that had been founded in 1888; the convention was held in February 1891.