Carrie Chapman Catt Quotes

Carrie Chapman Catt (January 9, 1859 – March 9, 1947) was an American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote in 1920. Catt served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was the founder of the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women. She "led an army of voteless women in 1919 to pressure Congress to pass the constitutional amendment giving them the right to vote and convinced state legislatures to ratify it in 1920" and "was one of the best-known women in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century and was on all lists of famous American women".

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Carrie Chapman Catt


There are whole precincts of voters in this country whose united intelligence does not equal that of one representative American woman.

Carrie Chapman Catt


In the adjustment of the new order of things, we women demand an equal voice; we shall accept nothing less.

Carrie Chapman Catt


Just as the world war is no white man's war, but every man's war, so is the struggle for woman suffrage no white woman's struggle, but every woman's struggle.

Carrie Chapman Catt


The woman suffrage movement in the United States was a movement of the spirit of the Revolution which was striving to hold the nation to the ideals which won independence.

Carrie Chapman Catt


Parliaments have stopped laughing at woman suffrage, and politicians have begun to dodge! It is the inevitable premonition of coming victory.

Carrie Chapman Catt


To get that word, male, out of the Constitution, cost the women of this country fifty-two years of pauseless campaign; 56 state referendum campaigns; 480 legislative campaigns to get state suffrage amendments submitted; 47 state constitutional convention campaigns; 277 state party convention campaigns; 30 national party convention campaigns to get suffrage planks in the party platforms; 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses to get the federal amendment submitted, and the final ratification campaign.

Carrie Chapman Catt


Do not stand in the way of the next step in human progress. No one living who reads the signs of the times but realizes that woman suffrage must come. We are working for the ballot as a matter of justice and as a step for human betterment.

Carrie Chapman Catt


Roll up your sleeves, set your mind to making history, and wage such a fight for liberty that the whole world will respect our sex.

Carrie Chapman Catt


White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women's suffrage.

Carrie Chapman Catt


The vote has been costly. Prize it...understand what it means and what it can do for your country.

Carrie Chapman Catt


Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government.

Carrie Chapman Catt


When a just cause reaches its flood-tide...whatever stands in its way must fall before its overwhelming force.

Carrie Chapman Catt


The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer.

Carrie Chapman Catt


“To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.”

Carrie Chapman Catt


“No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion”

Carrie Chapman Catt