Quotation by Anna Howard Shaw

... women are supposed to be unfit to vote because they are hysterical and emotional and of course men would not like to have emotion enter into a political campaign. They want to cut out all emotion and so they would like to cut us out. I had heard so much about our emotionalism that I went to the last Democratic national convention, held at Baltimore, to observe the calm repose of the male politicians. I saw some men take a picture of one gentleman whom they wanted elected and it was so big they had to walk sidewise as they carried it forward; they were followed by hundreds of other men screaming and yelling, shouting and singing the "Houn' Dawg".... I saw men jump up on the seats and throw their hats in the air and shout: "What's the matter with Champ Clark?" Then, when those hats came down, other men would kick them back into the air, shouting at the top of their voices: "He's all right!!"... No hysteria about it—just patriotic loyalty, splendid manly devotion to principle. And so they went on and on until 5 o'clock in the morning—the whole night long. I saw men jump up on their seats and jump down again and run around in a ring. I saw two men run towards another man to hug him both at once and they split his coat up the middle of his back and sent him spinning around like a wheel. All this with the perfect poise of the legal male mind in politics! I have been to many women's conventions in my day but I never saw a woman leap up on a chair and take off her bonnet and toss it up in the air and shout: "What's the matter with" somebody. I never saw a woman knock another woman's bonnet off her head as she screamed, "She's all right!".... But we are willing to admit that we are emotional. I have actually seen women stand up and wave their handkerchiefs. I have even seen them take hold of hands and sing, "Blest be the tie that binds." Nobody doubts that women are excitable.
Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919), U.S. minister, suffragist, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 13, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).

Speaking before the forty-fifth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, which was held in Washington, D.C., November 29-December 5, 1913. Champ Clark (1850-1921), whose full name was James Beauchamp Clark, was a United States Representative from Kentucky; he was Speaker of the House from 1911 to 1919. At the Democratic Convention of 1912, Clark was the leading candidate for the Presidential nomination until the influential William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), athree-time unsuccessful Presidential nominee, switched his support to Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), who went on to win the election. In the days before television, political conventions were often considerably less restrained than they are today.
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