Quotation by Lucy Stone

You may talk about Free Love, if you please, but we are to have the right to vote. To-day we are fined, imprisoned, and hanged, without a jury trial by our peers. You shall not cheat us by getting us off to talk about something else. When we get the suffrage, then you may taunt us with anything you please, and we will then talk about it as long as you please.
Lucy Stone (1818–1893), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 22, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1882).

Speaking at a May 12, 1869, anniversary celebration of the Equal Rights Association, held in New York. Stone was responding to Rev. Mrs. Hanaford, who had asked that the assembly disavow "Free Loveism," as anti-suffragists sometimes taunted suffragists by accusing them of supporting it. This, she observed, was upsetting and alienating to "the Christian men and women of New England everywhere." Stone declared, "I am ashamed that the question should be asked here," and seemed to criticize Hanaford for tumbling to an anti- suffrage diversionary move.
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