Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote
a Library of Congress Exhibit
But I ask no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God has designed us to occupy.
—Sarah Grimké, Letters on Equality of the Sexes, 1838
I am a woman’s rights. I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that?
—Sojourner Truth, Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, 1851
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. . . . In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object.
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, 1848