Alice Stokes Paul was an American suffragist, feminist, and women’s rights activist, and one of the main leaders and strategists of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Profoundly inspirational Alice Paul quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.
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Famous Alice Paul Quotes
I wanted to learn what life was like, as many aspects as I could.
It was a feeling of loyalty to our own sex and an enthusiasm to have every degradation that was put upon our sex removed.
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
There is danger that because of a great victory women will believe their whole struggle for independence ended. They have still far to go.
All the girls planned to start in and support themselves—and you know it wasn’t so general then for girls to support themselves.
I had learned enough to know that I didn’t know anything about this field, the political and economic field which, if I had known it existed in the beginning, I think I would have majored in always because that just was what I really was interested in.
The building up of a new, far-reaching system of inspection on the question of equal pay, with power to investigate every business in the United States, administered by a colossal new government agency with vast enforcement powers, would not be helpful to women, as far as I can see.
Just the natural thing that comes in all political campaigns when you desperately want to get before the people; it is about all you can do.
When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.
Mr. President, how long must women wait to get their liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve.
Isn’t memory a strange thing?
I didn’t think I was much of a success, but anyway I tried.
It may be an instinct, it is with me anyway, when you’re presenting something to the world, to make it as beautiful as you can.
I think that American women are further along than any other women in the world. But you can’t have peace in a world in which some women or some men or some nations are at different stages of development.
Every person had his own seat, always.
This was just—you felt that you were living the life and that you could see what the life of the ordinary person and all the handicaps and troubles and so on that they had.
Inspirational Alice Paul Quotes
Nobody ever dreamt that women—you were always seeing these Elks and people going around in processions—but they never thought of women doing such a thing. And so there really was a great interest in it.
I never heard of anybody advocating anything either radical or not radical, it was so purely scholarly.
I know my father believed and my mother believed in and supported the suffrage movement, and I remember my mother taking me to suffrage meetings held in the home of a Quaker family that lived not far from us.
I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic.
So sad, you know, not to keep up all your connections with these people that you think we’re so wonderful.
I have joined the ‘suffragettes’ – the militant party on the woman suffrage question.
Too many terms corrupts politicians so they only want to be reelected.
I thought I got a very thorough idea of the poverty situation in a big city.
People wouldn’t pay enough and didn’t want to pay enough.
You know if you feel some group that’s your group is the underdog you want to try to help; it’s natural I guess for everybody.
To me, there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.
It has become impossible to forget ‘votes for women,’ just as it was impossible to forget the reformation of Luther.
I don’t think there would be much use in my doing this because whether I studied or not I will always read.
It is better, as far as getting the vote is concerned, I believe, to have a small, united group than an immense debating society.
The Woman’s Party is made up of women of all races, creeds, and nationalities who are united on the one program of working to raise the status of women.
It occurred to me that I just didn’t see how I could go ahead and continue to eat meat. It just seemed so… cannibalistic to me. And so, I’m a vegetarian, and I have been ever since.
I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated.
I will settle down & teach for the rest of my days.
I think if we get freedom for women, then they are probably going to do a lot of things that I wish they wouldn’t do. But it seems to me that isn’t our business to say what they should do with it. It is our business to see that they get it.
Amazing Alice Paul Quotes
Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.
This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different.
The President can pardon us again… and again and again, but… picketing will continue, and sooner or later, he will have to do something about it.
It was sort of a generation—I think maybe people are marrying in colleges now much more than they were then.
We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote.
Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.
I knew in a very short time I was never going to be a social worker because I could see that social workers were not doing much good in the world. That’s what I thought anyway.
I read just endlessly, ceaselessly, almost every book, it seems!
Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.
There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.
When you’re young, when you’ve never done anything very much on your own, you imagine that it won’t be so hard.
Unless women are prepared to fight politically they must be content to be ignored politically.
To me, it was shocking that a government of men could look with such extreme contempt on a movement that was asking nothing except such a simple little thing as the right to vote.
I’ve done all I can on composing, and now the awful problem, with my complete lack of oratorical knowledge or any oratorical power, how will I deliver it outdoors to all these people?