first beginning in the parlors of the New England
Woman's Club, where special meetings were held in its behalf.
The extension of the school suffrage to women followed, after much work on the part of men and of women.”
“These meetings,” she said once, speaking before the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association
, “show, among other things, the character of those who believe in suffrage with their whole heart.
We who are gathered here are not a frantic, shrieking mob. We are not contemners of marriage, nor neglecters of home and offspring.
We are individually allowed to be men and women of sound intellect, of reputable life, having the same stake and interest in the well-being of the community that others have.
Most of us are persons of moderate competence, earned or inherited.
We have had, or hope to have, our holy fireside, our joyful cradle, our decent bank account.
Why should any consider us as the enemies of society, we who have everything to gain by its good government?”
It seems fitting to add a few more of her words in behalf of the cause which she served so long,--words spoken at Club meetings, at Conventions before Legislatures.
“But besides the philosophy of woman suffrage, we want its religion.
Human questions are not glorified until they are brought into touch with the Divine. .. .”
“The weapon of Christian warfare is the ballot, which represents the peaceable assertion of conviction and will.
Adopt it, O you women, with clean hands and a pure heart!”