To the editor:
Sen. Kay O'Connor's statement, "that women would not feel the need to vote if men took care of them" shows a lack of knowledge of the "Declaration of Sentiments" that started the women's suffrage movement on July 13, 1848. It ridicules Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth and what they sought after the Constitution's ideal of a better, more egalitarian life for all Americans, not one segment of the population (white males) or half of the population (men) but that all citizens represented America's Constitution of life and liberty.
Ms. Stanton penned: "The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world."
Ms. Stanton facts sought the women's suffrage so that:
We would have a voice in what governs our rights.
We would have the right to own property, to work and to be educated.
We would have the right to seek prosecution for domestic violence. Ms. Stanton wrote, "Husbands had legal power over and responsibility for their wives to the extent that they could imprison or beat them with impunity." Domestic violence still exists today, in 1998, the Kansas Incident Reporting system showed 14,047 relationship (men-women) incidents but with one difference women had the right to file charges because of the 19th amendment.
On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified. The outlandish idea of 1848 has altered society's viewpoint on religion, government, employment, education and family. Women have been the "heart" of America because the 19th Amendment gave us the opportunity to utilize our heads. Thank you, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, for your idealism to seek a better society for America.
Let us hope Ms. O'Connor does listen to and read "all that negative stuff." Those speaking out will not be brushed aside as "simply ridiculous nonsense." Ms. O'Connor should resign and take a history course at Kansas University something that she can do because of the 19th Amendment.