Why did you start your efforts with petitions?
Petitions are a way to give a voice to the voiceless. Women who didn’t have a vote could sign a petition. Yet when I presented them to the New York Assembly, one legislator scornfully asked and then answered his own question: “Who are the people who sign these? Just women.” Still they were powerful tools we used through the years. But we needed to do more. Mrs. Stanton and I began building our organization for woman’s rights, holding conventions and speaking wherever we could.
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