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Carrie Chapman Catt

  • What is prejudice? An opinion, which is not based upon reason; a judgment, without having heard the argument; a feeling, without being able to trace from whence it came.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • speech ()
  • No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • speech (1900), in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 ()
  • This world taught woman nothing skillful and then said her work was valueless. It permitted her no opinions and said she did not know how to think. It forbade her to speak in public, and said the sex had no orators.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 ()
  • When a just cause reaches its flood-tide ... whatever stands in the way must fall before its overwhelming power.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • speech at the Stockholm convention of the International Woman Suffrage Association ()
  • To the wrongs that need resistance, / To the right that needs assistance, / To the future in the distance, / We give ourselves.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • speech at the Stockholm convention of the International Woman Suffrage Association ()
  • ... it was the United States which first established general suffrage for men upon the two principles that 'taxation without representation is tyranny' and that governments to be just should 'derive their consent from the governed.' The unanswerable logic of these two principles is responsible for the extension of suffrage to men and women the world over. In the United States, however, women are still taxed without 'representation' and still live under a government to which they have given no 'consent.'

  • For two generations groups of women have given their lives and their fortunes to secure the vote for the sex and hundreds of thousands of other women are now giving all the time at their command. No class of men in our own or any other country has made one-tenth the effort nor sacrificed one-tenth as much for the vote.

  • ... the system which admits the unworthy to the vote provided they are men, and shuts out the worthy provided they are women, is so unjust and illogical that its perpetuation is a sad reflection upon American thinking.

  • Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • in The American Scrap Book: The Year's Golden Harvest of Thought and Achievement ()
  • There is one thing no people have ever done; that is, to oppose a threatening war with intelligent and vigorous purpose some years before it was due to arrive.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • in Carrie Chapman Catt, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt et al., Why Wars Must Cease ()
  • To get that word, male, out of the Constitution, cost the women of this country fifty-two years of pauseless campaign; 56 state referendum campaigns; 480 legislative campaigns to get state suffrage amendments submitted; 47 state constitutional convention campaigns; 277 state party convention campaigns; 30 national party convention campaigns to get suffrage planks in the party platforms; 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses to get the federal amendment submitted, and the final ratification campaign.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • in Mary Gray Peck, Carrie Chapman Catt ()
  • I bought a few new novels, have started two, and if they reflect present day literature or the popular mind, I must say the outlook is gloomy.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • 1919, in Mary Gray Peck, Carrie Chapman Catt ()
  • The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • 1920, in Mary Gray Peck, Carrie Chapman Catt ()
  • ... living for a high purpose is as honorable as dying for it.

    • Carrie Chapman Catt,
    • 1922, in Mary Gray Peck, Carrie Chapman Catt ()

Carrie Chapman Catt, U.S. suffragist, educator, journalist

(1859 - 1947)

Full name: Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt