Victory, How Women Won It: A Centennial Symposium, 1840-1940

Victory, How Women Won It: A Centennial Symposium, 1840-1940

Victory, How Women Won It: A Centennial Symposium, 1840-1940

Victory, How Women Won It: A Centennial Symposium, 1840-1940

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A resume of the outstanding accomplishments of a century should prove useful to those who read or conduct research and for that purpose this book is written.

The century from 1840 to 1940 may appropriately be called the Woman's Century. That term was once applied by Victor Hugo to another period, but the events of that time did not fit the title, and his Century had no beginning nor end. This one is complete. In 1840 for the first time women proposed to unite, organize and to remove their grievances. In 1940 this aim with slight exceptions has been achieved.

In all the days of history no century brought to men so many rights and so much freedom as this hundred years has brought to women. It was not a peaceful period. One hundred and twenty-eight wars between nations were fought within the century, many extending over four years. Yet in the Woman's Campaign no blood was shed, no lives were lost, and no votes bought or sold. Reason, logic, patience, determination, union--these were the weapons which won the final victory. There is much to be learned from the Woman's Campaign by those who would use the same weapons for future battles for the right.

At this moment Democracy is being questioned, criticised and condemned. The world is being invited to choose between governments by the people aiming to promote their own welfare and totalitarian forms where one man or a limited group decides what is best for the many.

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