Quotation by Lucy Stone

Women are in bondage; their clothes are a great hindrance to their engaging in any business which will make them pecuniarily independent, and since the soul of womanhood never can be queenly and noble so long as it must beg bread for its body, is it not better, even at the expense of a vast deal of annoyance, that they whose lives deserve respect and are greater than their garments should give an example by which woman may more easily work out her own emancipation?
Lucy Stone (1818–1893), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1, ch. 7, by Ida Husted Harper (1898).

In an 1854 letter to her friend and sister suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who had written that the abuse she was receiving for wearing a short-skirt-and-bloomer ensemble in the interest of comfort and dress reform, had become intolerable. Stone, too, and eventually all of the few feminists who had worn bloomers, abandoned them before long.
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