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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4 thoughts on “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Quotes – Can You Guess Who Said Them?

  1. We always need to keep the words of these courageous women in a place of easy access for those women who come after them, so they can read them and feel what it was like and what their predecessors went thru to win our right to vote. It seems, as years go by, the need to go back and read history is more important than ever, especially in the current state of our country. Thank you for making this available.

    1. Virginia,

      Thank you for your comments and expressing your sentiments about the words of these courageous women.


  2. Being a relative of Elisabeth Cady Stanton (my mother’s maiden name was Cady), it is always a joy to read about her and all the women who gave ALL women the right to vote and the great feeling of being IMPORTANT in many other ways. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Shirley,

      You’re welcome.

      What an exciting relative. Thank you for sharing your comments.


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