Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s and Susan B. Anthony’s Proverbial Rhetoric Promoting Women’s Rights
10. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
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“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
The Golden Rule as the Philosophical Foundation of Equality
As Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony struggled for more than five decades for equal rights for women, they had their relapses but they also made progress with their sociopolitical agenda. As they grew older, they were perfectly willing to express some of their disappointments and frustrations in short statements that at times featured a piece of proverbial wisdom in their center. Still remaining was the temperance issue with alcohol being a major culprit for unhappy marriages. Drawing on the Bible proverb “He who seeks to save his life shall lose it” (Matthew 16:25), Susan B. Anthony expresses hope that this battle will be won soon especially if women were to get more power by gaining voting rights and thus stop the old-boy network of politicians protecting the liquor traffic:
The liquor traffic to save its life from the touch of woman’s hand disenfranchised her. So that the control of affairs relapsed to the man. Then came the prohibitory law, successful in rural districts but a dead letter in cities. The men elected to office were not anxious to have the law enforced. But we are witnessing an application of the old saying, “He who seeks to save his life shall lose it.” The women of today have actually the power to dispose...
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