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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

  • The wage-earning class the world over are the victims of society.

    • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn,
    • in Theodore Dreiser, "An East Side Joan of Arc," Broadway Magazine ()
  • A popular saying in Alderson went as follows: 'They work us like a horse, feed us like a bird, treat us like a child, dress us like a man — and then expect us to act like a lady.'

  • I fell in love with my country — its rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, cities and people. No one can take my love of country away from me! I felt then, as I do now, it's a rich, fertile, beautiful land, capable of satisfying all the needs of its people. It could be a paradise on earth if it belonged to the people, not to a small owning class.

  • ... a labor victory must be economic and it must be revolutionizing.

    • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn,
    • speech (1914), in Judith Anderson, ed., Outspoken Women ()

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, U.S. labor organizer, socialist leader, feminist, founding member ACLU

(1890 - 1964)