Sunday, July 13, 2008

Voting

Anna Howard Shaw

The Fundamental Principle of a Republic

delivered 21 June 1915, New York State Referendum, Albany, New York

When I came into your hall tonight, I thought of the last time I was in your city. Twenty-one years ago I came here with Susan B. Anthony, and we came for exactly the same purpose as that for which we are here tonight. Boys have been born since that time and have become voters, and the women are still trying to persuade American men to believe in the fundamental principles of democracy, and I never quite feel as if it was a fair field to argue this question with men, because in doing it you have to assume that a man who professes to believe in a Republican form of government does not believe in a Republican form of government, for the only thing that woman's enfranchisement means at all is that a government which claims to be a Republic should be a Republic, and not an aristocracy. The difficulty with discussing this question with those who oppose us is that they make any number of arguments but none of them have anything to do with Woman's Suffrage; they always have something to do with something else, therefore the arguments which we have to make rarely ever have anything to do with the subject, because we have to answer our opponents who always escape the subject as far as possible in order to have any sort of reason in connection with what they say.[source]

This post is in tribute to those organizing an event in honor of the 160th anniversary of The First Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls. The event will also serve as an occasion to spur people to retire Senator Clinton's debt.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Grey said...

The difficulty with discussing this question with those who oppose us is that they make any number of arguments but none of them have anything to do with Woman's Suffrage; they always have something to do with something else, therefore the arguments which we have to make rarely ever have anything to do with the subject, because we have to answer our opponents who always escape the subject as far as possible in order to have any sort of reason in connection with what they say.

I don't have to say to what, or who, this applies today, do I?

Anna Howard Shaw often gets lost in the shuffle when our society ever bothers to think properly about the women's movement, or even suffrage. Thank you for bringing her, and her thoughts, to the fore.

July 13, 2008 at 12:22 PM  

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