4GK005 Campaigning and Citizenship
Quotations on Women's Suffrage in Britain'This claim to confiscate the whole existence of one half of the species for the supposed convenience of the other appears to me, independently of its injustice, particularly silly'.
J.S. Mill, addressing Parliament in 1867.
'To women as mothers is given the charge of the home and the care of children. Women are therefore, by nature as well as by training and occupation, more accustomed than men to concentrate their minds on the home and the domestic side of things. But this difference between men and women, instead of being a reason against their disenfranchisement , seems to me to be the strongest possible reason in favour of it; we want to see the home and the domestic side of things to count for more in politics and in the administration of public affairs than they do at present'.
'It was so staid, so willing to wait, so incorrigibly leisurely'.
'Patience and trust were abandoned, and indignation and bitterness took their place: the old ways led nowhere, the old friends did nothing, and it was time for a fresh enterprise'.
'As to the Suffrage Movement, it was a gathering of people of all sorts, united by one simple idea, which necessitated the surrender of no prejudice or race or class'.
'There is no class in the community who has such good reason for objecting and does so strongly object to shrieking and throwing yourself on the floor and struggling and kicking as the average working women, whose human dignity is very real to her'.
'Yet the memory of the old militancy, and the certainty of its recurrence if the claims of women were set aside, was a much stronger factor in overcoming the reluctance of those who would again have postponed the settlement'.
'The subjection of women, if there be such a thing, will not now depend on any creation of the law, not can it be remedied by any action of the law. It will never again be possible to blame the soveriegn state for any position of inequality. Women will have, with us, the fullest rights. The ground and justification for the old agitation is gone, and gone for ever'.
'Beauty has claims for which she fights
'The mass appeal of the suffrage campaign which had spread the conviction of women's rights and women's wrongs to all sections of society, would not survive the victory, and was not to destined to reappear until the new movement of the 1960s'.
'Militant tactics...were intended to expose men as the enemy and to make it clear what men were capable of doing to those who they climed to protect'.
'One of ther major drives behind feminism was the need felt by middle class women to reassert their superiority of status over socially or racially 'inferior' men to whom political and social change was bringing rights and thus status, which they were still denied'.
'The first women's liberation movement failed because the impulse towards female autonomy from male control over women's lives was submerged by the impulse towards equality with men in their world'.
'The industrial evils which had formed the basis of much of our appeal were gradually pushed aside for the consideration of technical, legal, and political grievances - the working class women were dropped without hesitation'.
'Feminism is the whole issue, political enfranchisement a branch issue, and the methods, militant or otherwise, are merely accidentals'.
'Women, your country needs you. As long as there was any hope for peace, most members of the National Union probably sought for peace, and endeavoured to support those who were trying to maintain it. But we have another duty now..Let us show ourselves worthy of citizenship, whether our claim to it be recognized or not'.
'The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write or join in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'woman's rights' with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety'.
'To man belongs the kingdom of the head: to woman the empire of the heart...In every pure and legitimate relation - as daughter, sister, wife, mother - woman is the direct assistant of individual man."
"The fear I have is, lest we should invite her unwittingly to trespass upon the delicacy, the purity, the refinement, the elevation of her own nature, which are the present sources of its power'.
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