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Lucy Stone

  • The right to vote will yet be swallowed up in the real question, viz: has woman a right to herself? It is very little to me to have the right to vote, to own property, etc., if I may not keep my body, and its uses, in my absolute right.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • letter to Antoinette Brown (1855) in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda J. Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. I ()
  • The flour-merchant, the house-builder, and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex; but when we endeavor to earn money to pay all these, then, indeed, we find the difference.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • 1855, in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda J. Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. I ()
  • In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything, disappointment is the lot of women. It shall be the business of my life to deepen this disappointment in every woman's heart until she bows down to it no longer.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • speech (1855) in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda J. Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. I ()
  • Every new truth has its birth-place in a manger, lives thirty years, is crucified, and then deified.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • 1856, in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda J. Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. I ()
  • The road before us is shorter than the road behind.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda J. Gage, eds., History of Woman Suffrage, vol. IV ()
  • Make the world better.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • alleged last words, in William R. Evans III and Andrew Frothingham, eds., Crisp Toasts ()
  • A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • letter to Susan B. Anthony ()
  • It is time we gave man faith in woman — and, still more, woman faith in herself.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • speech, Seventh National Women's Rights Convention ()
  • Oh, I wish it were in my power to put men in the place of fashionable women for one six months! They should curl their hair, consult the milliner, make spongecake, do a little embroidery, wear long skirts, and dress so tightly that they could scarcely breathe.

    • Lucy Stone,
    • speech, Seventh National Women's Rights Convention ()

Lucy Stone, U.S. abolitionist, suffragist, speaker, women's rights activist, social reformer, editor

(1818 - 1983)