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Mother Teresa Nobel Lecture 1971

As we have gathered here together to thank God for the Nobel Peace Prize I think it will be beautiful that we pray the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi which always surprises me very much--we pray this prayer every day after Holy Communion, because it [...]

Margaret Sanger Morality and Birth Control 1918

Throughout the ages, every attempt woman has made to strike off the shackles of slavery has been met with the argument that such an act would result in the downfall of her morality. Suffrage was going to "break up the home." Higher education would unfit her [...]

Barbara Jordan Keynote Address 1976

Thank you ladies and gentlemen for a very warm reception. It was one hundred and forty-four years ago that members of the Democratic Party first met in convention to select a Presidential candidate. Since that time, Democrats have continued to convene once every four years and [...]

Ann Richards Keynote Address 1988

Thank you very much. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Buenäs noches mis amïgos. I'm delighted to be here with you this evening because after listening to George Bush all these years I figured you needed to know what a real Texas accent sounds like. Twelve years [...]

Elizabeth Dole RNC 1996

Now, you know tradition is that speakers at the Republican National Convention remain at this very imposing podium. But, tonight I'd like to break with tradition. For two reasons. One, I'm going to be speaking to friends and secondly I'm going to be speaking about the [...]

Ann Richards Eulogy of Barbara Jordan 1996

I, ah, didn't think I had enough time this morning, and I didn't wanna call the President and tell him he had to cut, and they promised me that nobody had a hook up here. Well, Nancy, ah, the truth is I'd counted on Barbara preaching [...]

Shirley Chisholm Equal Rights Amendment 1969

Mr.  Speaker: When a young woman graduates from college and starts looking for a job, she is likely to have a frustrating and even demeaning experience ahead of her.  If she walks into an office for an interview, the first question she will be asked is, [...]

Elizabeth Dole Duke University Commencement 2000

Thank you so much for that wonderful, warm welcome. I am so grateful for the honor bestowed on me today, which I will cherish a lifetime. Thank you, Madame President, for that more than generous introduction. We're all so grateful for your strong and able leadership. [...]

Lucy Stone Disappointment is the Lot of Women

The last speaker alluded to this movement as being that of a few disappointed women. From the first years to which my memory stretches, I have been a disappointed woman. When, with my brothers, I reached forth after the sources of knowledge, I was reproved with [...]