Woman's Rights

25 Notable Speeches and Addresses By U.S. Women. 1849-1995

Discourse On Woman
Lucretia Mott (Philadelphia, Pa., December 17, 1849)
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth (Women's Rights Convention, Akron, Ohio, 1851)
On Women's Right to Vote
Susan B. Anthony (Monroe County, N.Y., 1873)
The Solitude of Self
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 1892
The Progress of Fifty Years
Lucy Stone (World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893)
Mob Murder in a Christian Nation — NAACP Speech Against Lynching
Ida B. Wells (Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 12, 1909)
On Child Labor and Women's Suffrage
Florence Kelley (Philadelphia, Pa., July 22, 1905)
What It Means to be Colored in the Capital of the United States
Mary Church Terrell (Washington, D.C., Oct. 10, 1906)
Labor Speech to Coal Miners
Mother Jones (Charlestown, West Virginia, Aug. 15, 1912)
The Fundamental Principle of a Republic
Anna Howard Shaw (Ogdenburg, N.Y., June 21, 1915)
The Crisis
Carrie Chapman Catt (Atlantic City, N.J., 1916)
Strike Against War
Helen Keller (New York, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1916)
Address to the Jury
Emma Goldman (New York, N.Y., July 9, 1917)
The Morality of Birth Control
Margaret Sanger (Park Theatre, N.Y., Nov. 18, 1921)
Speech on civil liberties to the members of the ACLU
Eleanor Roosevelt (Chicago, Ill., Mar. 14, 1940)
The Struggle for Human Rights
Eleanor Roosevelt (Paris, France; Sept 28, 1948)
Declaration of Conscience
Margaret Chase Smith (Washington, DC,June 1, 1950)
Democratic National Convention Speech
Fanny Lou Hamer (Atlantic City, N.J., July 22, 1964)
Equal Rights For Women
Shirley Chisholm (Washington, DC, May 21, 1969)
Statement on the Articles of Impeachment to the House Judiciary Committee
Barbara Jordan (Washington, DC, July 25, 1974)
Speech at the Democratic National Convention
Barbara Jordan (New York, N.Y. , July 12, 1976)
Speech accepting the Democratic Vice-Presidential Nomination
Geraldine Ferraro (San Francisco, Calif., July 19, 1984)
Democratic National Convention Address
Ann Richards (Atlanta, Ga., July 18, 1988)
Commencement Address: Choices and Change
Barbara Bush (Wellesley College, Mass., June 1, 1990)
Opening Statement: Sexual Harrassment Hearings
Anita Hill (Washington, DC, Oct. 11, 1991)
Address to the Republican National Convention: A Whisper of AIDS
Mary Fisher (Houston, Tex., Aug. 19, 1992)
Women's Rights Are Human Rights
Hillary Rodham Clinton (UN Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, Sept. 5, 1995)


Proceeding of an Anti-Slavery Convention of Women
Philadelphia PA (1838)
On the Ideal Public Woman
This sermon by the strident liberal Theodore Parker illustrates the massive sterotypes found even among ardent supporters of women's suffrage


Woman suffrage by federal constitutional amendment
compiled by Carrie Chapman Catt
Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement
by Carrie Chapman Catt and Nettie Rogers Shuler
The Pivot of Civilization
by Margaret Sanger


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