Quotation by Jane Grey Swisshelm

... it is probable that in a fit of generosity the men of the United States would have enfranchised its women en masse; and the government now staggering under the ballots of ignorant, irresponsible men, must have gone down under the additional burden of the votes which would have been thrown upon it, by millions of ignorant, irresponsible women.
Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884), U.S. newspaperwoman, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Half a Century, ch. 29 (1880).

Swisshelm was very critical of what she regarded as the amateurish processes and shrill, illogical demands of women's rights conventions. Here, she was being sardonic.
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