“Women who want to lead must stand up and be shot at. More and more they are going to do it, and more and more they should do it.” Eleanor Roosevelt, September 11, 1943, Australian Women’s Weekly
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1920 was a milestone for women's voting rights, but it didn't put an Amendment in the Constitution for ALL of women's voting rights.
Keep that in mind when you're reading your cheery media about today's anniversary and next week when President Obama declares Women's Equality Day 2015. It's fine to celebrate but know for what you are celebrating.
It's not freedom
unless it's equal freedom
It's not justice
unless it's equal justice
"We tend to think of suffrage as an “on-off” switch. Women didn’t have the right to vote, then women did in 1920. The story is quite different.” Victoria Bissell Brown, historian
"Wilson wants women’s votes for a number of reasons. He wants as much support for the war as he can get, half of the American population.” Ronald Schaffer, historian
"Wilson did not think women should be chaining themselves to the White House fence… His reaction was not very gentlemanly, and not very democratic.” Victoria Bissell Brown, historian
But let us make strides forward with each of our celebrations
Human Rights, peace, foreign diplomacy and policy begin at home:
"In our efforts to win the trust of the uncommitted nations throughout the world we must remember that the treatment of our own citizens has a great deal to do with the confidence they put in us as a world power." Eleanor Roosevelt, January 23, 1959, "My Day"
Rights Come With Responsibilities:
“The riches of a nation are its people, but they must have a vision of what they can accomplish, or they will fall short of their desired achievement.” Eleanor Roosevelt, July 22, 1944, My Day
More Inspirational ER Quotes To Help You Celebrate:
ER on Feminism
"There is a great consciousness of feminism only when there are many wrongs to be righted.” ER, December 17, 1944, White House press conference
ER on Women's One Advantage Over Men
“Women have one advantage over men. Throughout history they have been forced to make adjustments. The result is that, in most cases, it is less difficult for a woman to adapt to new situations than it is for a man.” ER, Circa 1960, You Learn By Living
ER on Women's Equality in the Workforce
“A woman will always have to be better than a man in any job she undertakes.” ER, November 29, 1945, “My Day”
ER on Women As Minorities
"Women find themselves, in many cases, a minority group and are isolated in just the way that certain nationality and religious groups are.” ER, October 9, 1945, "My Day"
ER on Femininity as Strength
“The thing I wanted to take you to task for is that phrase ‘she has the mind of a man.’ Why can’t a woman think, be practical & a good business woman & still have a mind of her own?” ER, May 30, 1934, letter to Lorena Hickock
ER on Citizenship
“Our impact on the rest of the world is the sum total of what each of us does as a private citizen.” ER, Circa 1963, Tomorrow is Now
“We must all of us come to look upon our citizenship as a trustee-ship, something that we exercise in the interest of the whole people.” ER, February 6, 1941, New York Times