You glorify the women who made their way to the front to reach you in your misery, and nurse you back to life. You called us angels. Who opened the way for women to go and make it possible?... For every woman's hand that ever cooled your fevered brows, staunched your bleeding wounds, gave food to your famished bodies, or water to your parching lips, and called back life to your perishing bodies, you should bless God for Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances D. Gage and their followers.
Clara Barton (1821–1912), U.S. Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 8, by Ishbel Ross (1956).
In 1869, addressing an audience in an Iowa town when she had been extolled as a non-feminist: "Miss Barton does not belong to that class of woman." In fact, she knew and respected many active feminists—including the three she mentioned—and subscribed to some feminist ideas.