Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #20

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

--Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations

Monday, March 19, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #19

Remember this song from Mary Poppins?

"Sister Suffragette" Lyrics
Music: Richard M. + Robert B. Sherman
Lyrics: Richard M. + Robert B. Sherman
Premiere: 1964

Mrs. Banks:
We're clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman's votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they're rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done, Sister Suffragette!"

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev'ry corner of the land:
"Womankind, arise!"
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We're fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #18

The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion.--Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #17

Today...something from the Irish suffrage honor of St. Patrick's Day:

You know how deep is the conviction of the best women in Ulster ... this claim has reached all parts of the Province, all grades of society, all creeds and classes, that the possession of the franchise ... is an absolute
necessity ... it is impossible for women to do their duty, and to protect their interests and dignity, without the same weapon men find essential for the same purposes. -- Tod, ‘Women and the New Franchise Bill’, pp. 396-403., as quoted by Urquhart, Diane(2002) ''An articulate and definite cry for political freedom': the ulster suffrage movement', Women's History Review, 11: 2, 273 — 292

Friday, March 16, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #16

"As they passed the rows of houses they saw through the open doors that men were sweeping and dusting and washing dishes, while the women sat around in groups, gossiping and laughing.

"What has happened?' the Scarecrow asked a sad-looking man with a bushy beard, who wore an apron and was wheeling a baby carriage along the sidewalk.

"Why, we've had a revolution, your Majesty -- as you ought to know very well,' replied the man; 'and since you went away the women have been running things to suit themselves. I'm glad you have decided to come back and restore order, for doing housework and minding the children is wearing out the strength of every man in the Emerald City.'

"Hm!' said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. 'If it is such hard work as you say, how did the women manage it so easily?'

"I really do not know,' replied the man, with a deep sigh. 'Perhaps the women are made of cast-iron."
L. Frank Baum (The Marvelous Land of Oz)

Read more about the connection between Baum and the women's rights movement here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #15


Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3.
This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification." 

The Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 to affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law, is still not part of the U.S. Constitution. 
The ERA was passed out of Congress in 1972 and has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states.  When three more states vote yes, it is possible that the ERA could become the 28th Amendment. The ERA could also be ratified by restarting the traditional process of passage by a two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by legislatures in three-quarters (38) of the 50 states.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #14

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:  I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.  ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #13

How can you not be all on fire? ... I really believe I shall explode if some of you young women don't wake up --and raise your voice in protest against the impending crime of this nation upon the new islands it has clutched from other folks. Do come into the living present and work to save us from any more barbaric male governments.-- Susan B. Anthony

Monday, March 12, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #12

I can't say that the college-bred woman is the most contented woman. The broader her mind the more she understands the unequal conditions between men and women, the more she shafes under a government that tolerates it.-- Susan B. Anthony

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #11

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.-- Susan B. Anthony

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #10

The rank and file are not philosophers, they are not educated to think for themselves, but simply to accept, unquestioned, whatever comes.-- Susan B. Anthony

Friday, March 9, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #9

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.--Susan B. Anthony

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #8

Men - their rights and nothing more; Women - their rights and nothing less.--Susan B. Anthony

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #7

She had lived and breathed and thought and acted as directed by father and mother all these years, and now her father was dead and she was left under sole charge and direction of her mother. Her mother, did I say? A selfish tyrant, rather, to whom she was bound by those ties most binding to people trained as this girl had been. Affection, obedience, control of her will, all in the name of duty and religion.--Matilda Joslyn Gage

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #6

Once possessor of a name but now by virtue of a few words, merely an auxiliary to her reverend husband.--Matilda Joslyn Gage

Monday, March 5, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #5

To those who fancy we are near the end of the battle or that the reformer's path is strewn with roses, we may say them nay. The thick of the fight has just begun; the hottest part of the warfare is yet to come, and those who enter it must be willing to give up father, mother and comforts for its sake. Neither shall we who carry on the fight, reap the great reward. We are battling for the good of those who shall come after us; they, not ourselves, shall enter into the harvest.--Matilda Joslyn Gage

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #4

We belong to a period of the world's struggle; our opportunities and our duties lie with the world as we find it, and women as human beings have inherent rights to share in all the duties of the world, in all methods of the world's progress, because in these duties, in these methods, lie developing powers.--Matilda Joslyn Gage

Friday, March 2, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #2

The injustice of man towards woman under the laws of both Church and State engrafted upon society, have resulted in many evils unsuspected by the world, which if known would strike it with amazement and terror.--Matilda Joslyn Gage

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Women's Rights Quote #1

“Do not allow the Church or State to govern your thought or dictate your judgment.”--Matilda Joslyn Gage