Hard One, Not Done


A commemoration of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment from an Iowa Perspective

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Hard One, Not Done


“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal.”

Declaration of Sentiments

“I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.”

Jane Addams

“It is we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.”

Susan B. Anthony

“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”

Susan B. Anthony

“The vote is the emblem of your equality, women of America, the guarantee of your freedom.”

Carrie Chapman Catt

“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“We want rights. 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 interest.”

Lucy Stone

“We ask only for justice and equal rights - the right to vote, the right to our own earnings, equality before the law.”

Lucy Stone

“I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring I will step into the pool.”

Sojourner Truth

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

Ida B. Wells

National Women’s History Museum - Curriculum Standards - History of U.S. Woman’s Suffrage (Educator Resources - Lesson Plans)



“We’ve got to bring to the President, individually, day by day, week in and week out, the idea that great numbers of women want to be free, will be free, and want to know what he is going to do about it.”

Harriot Stanton Blatch

“It is unthinkable that a national government which represents women, and which appeals periodically for the suffrages of women, should ignore the issue of the right of all women to political freedom.”

Lucy Burns

“Roll up your sleeves, set your mind to making history and wage such a fight for liberty that the whole world will respect our sex.”

Carrie Chapman Catt

“Together we shall stand shoulder to shoulder for the greatest principle the world has ever known, the right of self-government.”

Inez Milholland

“It is better, as far as getting the vote is concerned, I believe, to have a small, united group than an immense debating society.”

Alice Paul

“As suffragists we have but one belief... and that is the right of a human being to have a voice in the government under which he or she lives.”

Anna Howard Shaw

“Woman herself must do this work - for woman alone can understand the height, and the depth, the length and the breadth of her own degradation and woe.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“If the law can meddle with the woman, why should not the woman meddle with the law?”

Lucy Stone

“If Eve, the first woman God ever made, was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side again. And now [that] they are asking to do it, the men better let them!”

Sojourner Truth

With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote, Ann Bausam, 2004, National Geographic Society.