…the United States Constitution, the supreme law of this land, says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens; no State shall deny or abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens;” and “The right of citizens to vote shall not be denied.” The one question to be settled is, are personal freedom and personal representation inherent rights and privileges under democratic-republican institutions, or are they things of legislation, precisely as under old monarchical governments, to be given and taken at the option of a ruling class or of a majority vote? If the former, then is our country free indeed; if it is the latter, then our country is a despotism, and we women its victims!
Susan B. Anthony as cited in Ida Husted Harper’s The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony p 429
September 15th is International Day of Democracy.
How do we measure up?