Address at the Presentation Ceremony of the Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, February 15, 1921


Miss Jane Addams

We are solemnly gathered here to place a significant milestone on the long road of self-government, which has slowly widened to include one enfranchised group after another. There are many such milestones behind us. A thousand years ago, the English barons erected one when they secured their first political power, and centuries later merchants and traders placed theirs, to be followed by working men slowly and painfully building in one country after another.

Now at last the women are coming into their own. In victorious and defeated nations alike, they are fast receiving long withheld political power.

But as we all know, the extension of the franchise, however normal and evolutionary it may seem in retrospect, did not come without effort and struggle on the part of those demanding it. None have worked more eagerly than women, and their victorious banner alone is free from the stain of blood.

The placing of this marble commemorates therefore much more than a great achievement in the history of the United States, although as such it deserves an honored place in this rotunda, because these pioneer suffragists whom we are met to honor ↑commemorate↓ all Americans as they are, were the first women in any country to form a definite organization for the sole purpose of securing rights for women, including "the sacred right of the elective franchise." They, therefore, became the pioneers of an great ↑historic↓ movement not only for their own countrywomen, but for the forward-looking women of the world. It is fitting that they should stand next to the great emancipator of another group, who has also long since transcended national boundaries.

↑Monument to 3 suffragists in the rotunda at Washington.

Frederick H. Gillette of Mass.↓

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