I’m feeling overwhelmed with emotion reading the many posts here. I am so proud of all the women here. You make me proud to be a woman. I haven’t found the words yet to describe how I feel, so I’m sharing with you some quotes from Iron-Jawed Angels, an HBO film about brave, extraordinary women who fought so you and I could have the right to vote. That’s a right, by the way, that many at Free Republic would like to take away. (I haven’t been to Free Republic in a couple years, even to scoff at their idiocy, so appalled and terrified was I by seeing several threads on taking away women’s right to vote.)
Alice Paul: We’re legitimate citizens. We’re taxed without representation. We’re not allowed to serve on juries so we’re not tried by our peers. It’s unconscionable, not to mention unconstitutional. We don’t make the laws but we have to obey them like children.
Carrie Chapman Catt: This will get out to the foreign press. You can tell the President that he can look like a damn fool or he can deal me in.
Alice Paul: I’m not a man.
Inez Mulholland: Ever wish you were?
Alice Paul: Once, when I saw my brother peeing his name in the snow.
Alice Paul: I was put in a straight jacket and taken to the psychopathic ward. I could not see my family or friends, council was denied me. I saw no other prisoners and heard nothing of them. I could see no papers. Today I was force fed for the third time, I refuse to open my mouth. My left nostril, throat, and muscles of my neck are very sore. I vomit continuously during the process.