Quotation by Ruth C. D. Havens

You do not expect a distinguished lawyer to clean his own clothes, a doctor to groom his horse, a teacher to take care of the schoolhouse furnace, a preacher to half-sole his shoes.... Yet a woman who enters upon any line of achievement is invariably hampered, for at least the early years, with the inbred desire to add to the labor of her profession all the so-called feminine duties, which, fulfilled to-day, are yet to be done to-morrow, which bring her neither comfort, gain nor reputation, and which by their perpetual demand diminish her powers for a higher quality of work.
Ruth C. D. Havens, U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 13, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).

Speaking in 1893 at the twenty-fifth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Havens was from Washington, D.C.; her address was entitled "The Girl of the Future."
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