Frances Dana Barker Gage (1808-1884)
There came a time when Universalists refused to go with me as an abolitionist, an advocate for the rights of women, for earnest temperance pleaders... Then it came to me that Christ's death as an atonement for sinners was not truth, but he had died for what he believed to be truth. Then came the war, then trouble, then paralysis, and for 14 years I have not listened to a sermon because I am too great a cripple. I have read much, thought much, and feel that life is too precious to be given to doctrines.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
Lucy Stone (1818-1893)
Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)
I did not doubt but that my appeal would find a ready response in the hearts of great numbers of women through the limits of civilization. I invited these imagined helpers to assist me in calling and holding a congress of women in London ... My first act was to have my appeal translated into various languages, to wit: French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, and to distribute copies of it as widely as possible. I devoted the next two years almost entirely to correspondence with leading women in various countries... . I was very sorry to give up this special work, but in my prosecution of it I could not help seeing that many steps were to be taken before one could hope to effect any efficient combination among women. The time for this was at hand, but had not yet arrived.
Mary Livermore (1820-1905)
During the war, and as a result of my own observations, I became aware that a large portion of the nation's work was badly done, or not done at all, because woman was not recognized as a factor in the political world.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) and Emily Blackwell (1826-1910)
Louisa May Alcott (1823-1888)
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
Rev. Olympia Brown (1835-1926)
From her sermon "Permanent Peace:"
War is not possible where [people] recognize that all are alike God's Children Can we teach this great lesson to the people of the warring world? True it will require time, it will be a matter of education to prepare the way for such a civilization, but can we not begin today? We have sacrificed 50,000 men to make the world safe for Democracy, can we not send 1,000 consecrated preachers who shall teach the foundations of Democracy? Now is the time to begin, when men are tired of war, when women are heart-sick, when the nations are impoverished and overburdened, when all the people everywhere are wishing for something better. ... What a glorious opportunity for any denomination to be the exponent of a new civilization which should express itself in love for (humanity)! To make a new world in which [people] can dwell together in peace.
May Wright Sewall (1844-1920)
Since 1899... the International Council of Women has stood ready to be used for the noble purposes of the promotion of social Peace, the reduction of Armaments, the substitution of an International Tribunal of Justice for warfare, and the establishment of a permanent International Parliament which shall legislate for the world, as the congress or parliament of each of its constituent parts legislates for a single nation... Our... ultimate object is the cessation of all warfare by the extinction of all competitions, by the supplanting of competition by co-operation, by the displacement of hate, all international hate and international envy, by international affection.
Anna Garlin Spencer (1851-1931)
Lucia Ames Mead (1856-1936)
Harriet Stanton Blatch (1856-1940)
My opposition to war was not because of the horrors of war, not because war demands that the race offer up its very best in their full vigor, not because war means economic bankruptcy, domination of races by famine and disease, but because war is so completely ineffective, so stupid. It settles nothing.
Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950)
Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt (1859-1947)
Jane Addams (1860-1935)
Emily Greene Balch (1867-1961)
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