Women of Courage:

Where are the women of courage today who will stand and demand equal representation or else? These women had so much to loose and so little resource compared to those of us spoiled brats of today who take what we have for granted off the backs of those who fought before us so we could  fritter away what they fought so hard to win!

“If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left them to pursue. Women have no government. Men have organized a government, and they maintain it to the utter exclusion of women. Women are as much members of the nation as men are, and they have the same human right to govern themselves which men have. Men have none but an usurped right to the arbitrary control of women. Shall free, intelligent, reasoning, thinking women longer submit to being robbed of their common rights. Men fashioned a government based on their own enunciation of principles: that taxation without representation is tyranny; and that all just government exists by the consent of the governed. Proceeding upon these axioms, they formed a Constitution declaring all persons to be citizens, that one of the rights of a citizen is the right to vote, and that no power within the nation shall either make or enforce laws interfering with the citizen’s rights. And yet men deny women the first and greatest of all the rights of citizenship, the right to vote.

Under such glaring inconsistencies, such unwarrantable tyranny, such unscrupulous despotism. What is there left women to do but to become the mothers of the future government.

We will have our rights. We say no longer by your leave. We have besought, argued and convinced, but we have failed; and we will not fail.

There is one alternative left, and we have resolved on that. This convention is for the purpose of this declaration. As surely as one year passes, from this day, and this right is not fully, frankly and unequivocally considered, we shall proceed to call another convention expressly to frame a new constitution and to erect a new government, complete in all its parts, and to take measures to maintain it as effectually as men do theirs.

We mean treason; we mean secession, and on a thousand times grander scale than was that of the South. We are plotting revolution; we will overslough this bogus republic and plant a government of righteousness in its stead, which shall not only profess to derive its power from the consent of the governed, but shall do so in reality.”

— Victoria C. Woodhull, “A lecture on constitutional equality, delivered at Lincoln hall, Washington, D.C., Thursday, February 16,1871”

4 Responses

  1. I’m afraid that Woodhull and the other courageous feminists of her time would find us sadly lacking, if they could see us. Hell, I find us sadly lacking.

    Whether from complacency, apathy, or from some erroneous notion that women are supposed to be submissive to men, we have failed to keep fighting the fight. We have allowed the organizations that were supposed to stand for equality to lose focus, and to poorly represent us. Who can forget the picture of Obama on Ms Magazine? After he and the Democrats remained silent when all manner of filth and sexism were hurled at Hillary Clinton and her supporters- and even worse, after Obama, himself, demonstrated misogyny – NOW chooses to honor him in that way. The National Organization for Women had moved so far away from the cause of gender equality and women’s rights that they honored that sexist. Yeah, something has gone very wrong. We (well most of us, at least) failed to follow the examples of the brave feminists before us.

    We have not properly educated our daughters about the struggles of the women who fought to ensure some semblance of equality for their gender. We have not passed on to them a passion for equality. We have not always taught them to recognize, and to guard their psyches against the onslaught of the sexist and misogynistic messages from other people and from this society as a whole.

    I believe women are waking up, and realizing that we have to take up the fight. Organizations such as The New Agenda and others are working for gender equality. Women are becoming increasingly aware of the injustices and many are ansewering the call to activism. At least I hope they are.

    Thank you for reminding us how much the early feminists did for women, and what women now, must do for themselves.

    • Thank you! I expected a flood but at least you came and stood tall and answered the call and see what I see! SHAME on us if we do not move and move now!
      Join me and maybe we can gab two more then we 4 can grab 4 more etc etc.
      Are you with me?
      Wait till you see the next post- till you see what Women in Eugene Or. did to a sister over a political party that did to their sister Hillary what they they did and then put that pig on MS and yet these women would sell their own mother for a man ! and for a party! SHAME!

  2. I chatted today with a male friend who supported Obama even though his wife and all her friends were HRC Dems. He made a derisive remark about Palin and I asked him to try to have some respect for a woman who fulfilled her campaign promises to clean up the Alaskan and Republican leadership, put State Government back on track and serve the people. She accomplished it in two years, then got off the public trough to take her message further out. He was absolutely apoplectic in his reaction, insinuating that any woman who says ANYTHING positive about Sarah Palin is sick, out of her mind and that it made him shiver to even think I admire her. This was a gentleman, a retired banker who does tons of volunteer work and has always laughed at the absurd things politics makes people do, but he came off so threatened, so revolted to even HEAR a reasonable word about Palin, that I had to apologize just to calm him down. Imagine that tactic being used on women everywhere and it doesn’t seem far fetched that women are going along with this savage dehumanization of her as a survival instinct. I honestly don’t want to know how strident or how much more agressive this friend of mine would have gone had I held my ground. Frankly, I didn’t want to see it; I knew he was ape-shit and irrational. It made me realize that these Obatties are hunkering down to punish women for threatening their boy. Play this cagey, ladies. And keep reminding yourself – :)”Secret Ballot.”

    • If I have t apologize to anyone it would be to Sarah palin for haing to live in a world where Democrats of men and women are this sick and pathetic.
      some of us unfortunately have to in order to get along at the job or whereever we are stuck at that moment- thankfully – I am free of that encumberence.
      Many more of us need to be free to say Fuck You asshole- it’s morons like him that have kept women down and led to porno and worse by the dehumanizing of women for far too long.
      The man is an animal – plain and simple.
      He is obviously an abuser and to think that he forced to to back down just proves that he has no respect for any woman and her right to an opinion.

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