“No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone. For safety in an emergency, they must know something about the laws of navigation. To guide our own craft, we must be the captain, the pilot, and the engineer. We stand at the wheel with compass and charts to watch the wind and the waves, and know when to take in the sail, and to read the signs in the firmament over all. It matters not whether the solitary voyager is a man or a woman, nature, having endowed them both equally, leaves them to their own skill and judgment in the hour of danger, and, if not equal to the occasion, alike they perish.”
The above is a very small piece of the speech delivered to the House Judiciary Committee on January 18, 1892 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was there to discuss allowing women to be educated so that they could be better prepared to face the storms of life that befall everyone – male and female, poor and rich. Women are now allowed and encouraged to get an education. In 1963, President Kennedy pushed through Congress the Equal Pay Act which prohibited paying men and women different salaries for the same federal jobs.More than 120 years after Stanton’s speech and more than 40 years after President Kennedy’s actions, Congress has still not passed equal pay for men and women holding the same job.
Reference: Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. (1892). The Solitude of Self. New York. Eastern National Publishing.