I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Woman, no less than man, can qualify herself for the more onerous occupations of life.
The women of the country have the power in their own hands, in spite of the law and the government being altogether of the male order.
I and others of my sex find ourselves controlled by a form of government in the inauguration of which we had no voice.
I ask the rights to pursue happiness by having a voice in that government to which I am accountable.
If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?
Women have no government.
I am a free lover. I have an inalienable, constitutional and natural right to love whom I may, to love as long or short a period as I can; to change that love every day if I please.
I shall not change my course because those who assume to be better than I desire it.
While others prayed for the good time coming, I worked for it.
Rude contact with facts chased my visions and dreams quickly away, and in their stead I beheld the horrors, the corruption, the evils and hypocrisy of society, and as I stood among them, a young wife, a great wail of agony went out from my soul.
Is it fair to treat a woman worse than a man, and then revile her because she is a woman?
To go behind a man's hall-door is mean, cowardly, unfair opposition.
My opinions and principles are subjects of just criticism. I put myself before the public voluntarily.
It makes no difference who or what you are, old or young, black or white, pagan, Jew, or Christian, I want to love you all and be loved by you all, and I mean to have your love.