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Women's Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams (1744-1818) - First lady

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson (1897 - 1993) Singer

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold the person down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906) Suffragist

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly (1864 - 1922) Investigative journalist

Energy rightly applied can accomplish anything

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson (1907 - 1964) Marine Biologist and author

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) Aviator

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald (1917 - 1996) Jazz singer

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes (1900-1993) Actress

We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy or sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves.

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910) Social reformer and author

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (1901-1960)Anthropologist and author

Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.

Mary Harris Jones

Mary Harris Jones (1830 - 1930) Labor organizer

If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout "Freedom for the working class!"

Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott (1793 - 1880) Feminist and abolitionist

I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave. I will oppose it with all the moral powers with which I am endowed. I am no advocate of passivity.

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley (1860 - 1926) Markswoman

I can truthfully say I know of no other recreation that will do so much toward keeping a woman in good health and perfect figure than a few hours spent occasionally at trap shooting.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) Slave, liberator of slaves and spy

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say - I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (1914 - 1956) Athlete

Loosen your girdle and let 'er fly!

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