Carrie S. Burnham Argues For Her Right To Vote

With this simple question, Carrie S. Burnham began her argument, made before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on April 3 and April 4, 1873, for her right to vote.

"It is not simply," Burhnam reasoned, "whether I shall be protected in the exercise of my inalienable right and duty of self-government, but whether a government, the mere agent of the people, …can deny to any portion of its intelligent, adult citizens participation therein and still hold them amenable to its laws…"

Carrie Burnham's protest against the exclusion of women from the electorate began, in September 1871, when she took measures to comply with local election laws in the Fourteenth Ward of the City of Philadelphia. She attempted to vote on October 10, 1871.

Have women citizens the right of suffrage under the Constitution of the United States and of this particular State of Pennsylvania?”

— Carrie S. Burnham, Woman Suffrage: The Argument of Carrie S. Burnham…