Women’s Suffrage Centennial Quotes – Can You Guess Who Said Them?

Introduction: In this article, Mary Harrell-Sesniak searches old newspapers to find quotes from some of the suffragettes who worked so hard to get women the vote. Mary is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background.

With the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment next summer, I’ve started looking into quotes from those brave women whose passion gave us our voice – i.e., the right for women to vote.

Photo: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (seated) with Susan B. Anthony (standing), c. 1900
Photo: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (seated) with Susan B. Anthony (standing), c. 1900. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

What better place to explore this memorable movement than within the archives of historical newspapers! Here are a few quotes I found in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives that resonated with me.

A quiz of suffragette quotes

#1 Harriet Tubman

An article about Harriet Tubman, Freeman newspaper article 30 September 1911
Freeman (Indianapolis, Indiana), 30 September 1911, page 7

#2 Alice Stone Blackwell

An article about Alice Stone Blackwell, San Francisco Chronicle newspaper article 9 August 1913
San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California), 9 August 1913, page 17

#3 Emmeline Pankhurst

An article about Emmeline Pankhurst, Diamond Drill newspaper article 23 October 1909
Diamond Drill (Crystal Falls, Michigan), 23 October 1909, page 3

#4 Anna Shaw

An article about Anna Shaw, Aberdeen American newspaper article 29 October 1910
Aberdeen American (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 29 October 1910, page 1

#5 Susan B. Anthony

An article about Susan B. Anthony, Sacramento Bee newspaper article 21 July 1883
Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, California), 21 July 1883, page 2

#6 Susan B. Anthony

An article about Susan B. Anthony, Bay City Daily Tribune newspaper article 16 November 1905
Bay City Daily Tribune (Bay City, Michigan), 16 November 1905, page 4

#7 Susan B. Anthony, speaking of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

An article about Susan B. Anthony, St. Louis Republic newspaper article 2 November 1902
St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, Missouri), 2 November 1902, page 25

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