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only question left
to be settled now is: Are women persons?"
On Woman's Right to Suffrage
fellow citizens, I stand before you tonight under indictment for the alleged
crime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having
a lawful right to vote.
"It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
"And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people women as well as men.
"And it is a downright mockery to talk women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government the ballot.
"For any State to make sex a qualification
that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the
people is to pass a bill of attainder, or an ex post facto law, and is
therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land.
"Webster, Worcester and Bouvier all define a citizen to be a person in the United States, entitled to vote and hold office.
"The only question left to be settled now
is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have
the hardihood to say they are not.
"Hence, every discrimination against women in the constitutions and laws of the several States is to-day null and void, precisely as in every one against negroes."
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