F29498b1c575c074.jpgIn 1868, Elizabeth Cady Stanton made a speech in Washington D.C. at a woman suffrage convention. This speech was titled, "The male element is a destructive force."

In her speech, Stanton urged a 16th Amendment. Despite this, the Women's Suffrage Amendment was not the 16th Amendment but, in fact, the 19th Amendment. Stanton called man's government civil, religious, and social disorganization. She recognized that war, violence, and slavery were all prevalent in male government.

"Mercy has veiled her face and all hearts have been dead alike to love and hope!"

The male element was overpowering the feminine element, and Stanton stated that no one knew about real manhood or womanhood because the male element had crushed the diviner qualities as human nature, and overpowered the feminine element. Society had become a reflection of man, and Stanton saw it as her job to change this reflection. Women felt man's rule in church, state, and home, and it was time for change.

"...so as long as man feeds woman she will try to please the fiver and adapt herself to his condition."

Men were molding women to their ideas, and women were forced to accept things as the were and make the best of them.

Women were faced with brutality of every form. Falseness, selfishness, and violence were the law of life. They responded by protesting against intrigue, bribery, and corruption of public life.

"Whatever is done to lift woman to her true position will help to usher in a new day of peace and perfection for the race."

Women knew the cost of life better than man, and in such a disorganized society, civilization of age called for an extension of suffrage. A government of men and women would represent the whole better than either sex alone.


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