Ladies' Gallery - What They Said

"I stand for less laws, better laws, and rigid enforcement of the ones that are now on the state books. Governments, like homes, need a house cleaning every once in awhile."

Speech as candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator - July 16, 1922
Adelaide Sterling Ott

 

"In the matter of economy I shall feel, if elected, that in spending the money of the taxpayers I shall be more thoughtful and considerate than if it were my own."

Campaign Speech
Adelaide Sterling Ott

 

"America is burdened with laws... We have more laws on our books than all other nations of the world combined. We almost need a law holiday. I believe in good laws, and I think they ought to have teeth in them, but there should be more wisdom teeth."

Speech as candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator - July 26, 1922

Adelaide Sterling Ott

 

"Give women a chance in the Legislative halls and I predict America will be a happier and better place in which to live. She can and will measure up in public life with the same devotion to duty so manifest in the home."

Speech as candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator - July 26, 1922
Adelaide Sterling Ott

 
"I am satisfied that the average American woman is equally capable with the average American man in the performance of public duty, state, and in the administration of public affairs."

Speech given to the Women's Welsh Club as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator - June 18, 1924
Adelaide Sterling Ott

 

"We need more women in public life, but they must be the right women who stand four-square for high ideals and who represent all people."

Speech given to the Women's Welsh Club as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator - June 18, 1924
Adelaide Sterling Ott

 

"If women of today are to enjoy political suffrage, they must be willing to assume their share of the making and enforcing of the laws of our government."

Speech as candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator - July 16, 1922
Adelaide Sterling Ott

 
"I believe women have had a large part in my success and in the whole election. I think this all shows women have a place in the political world."

As reported by the Toledo Blade - November 8, 1922
Lulu Thomas

 
 
 
 

"Men have their smokers and talk politics. Is there any reason why women should not have teas and talk politics?"

Maude Comstock Waitt

 
 

"...We realized that it was not so essential which party we joined, so long as we got into one of the parties, and, if we found it not entirely to our liking, to try and make our repairs from the inside, rather than to stand futilely hammering without."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"As women, we used to know just exactly where we belonged - there was no question about it. Woman's place was in the home. But today we know that no longer is home contained within the four walls of an individual house, but our community is our home and the people who live in it are our family."

During bid for Lakewood City Council
Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"I see a city where men and women are administering government each according to his or her capacities."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"From now on, men and women working together are the hope of good government."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"...Every male voter should consider it an honor to have the privilege of casting his ballot for this brilliant and patriotic woman."

Courier support for Waitt for Lakewood City Council

 

"It was on August 12, 1914, that the dollhouse door opened and women came out, never to go back again."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"Too long have women made blotters of themselves... merely absorbing."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"A mother is a better mother if she has the contact of broadening interests outside the home."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 

"Politics is a great game, better than bridge."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 
"One thing women will do is clean up politics."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 
"Women are not as strong party adherents as men are. They think of the principle first, then of the party."

Maude Comstock Waitt

 
"As I am about to step out into the limelight of public life - the great hope that sustains me is the inspiration of a great cause - that cause is helping women to find themselves politically."

Remarking upon her first day in the Ohio Senate Chamber - 1922-1923
Maude Comstock Waitt