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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975. Interview G-0032. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Women's suffrage movement leaders were ridiculous

Cornelia Spencer Love explains how she was influenced by her grandmother, Cornelia Phillips Spencer, in her thoughts on women's proper roles. She regarded the women's suffrage leaders as ridiculous and did not get involved in their movement.

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Oral History Interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975. Interview G-0032. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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LEE KESSLER:
Now, you came to Chapel Hill in 1917?
CORNELIA SPENCER LOVE:
I did.
LEE KESSLER:
This must have been around the time of the suffrage movement. Were you involved in that?
CORNELIA SPENCER LOVE:
No, I was tainted by my grandmother's thinking. The people who were in it at all . . . of course, there were the great leaders, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and two or three more and Mrs. Pankhurst. They sort of made themselves ridiculous.
LEE KESSLER:
Well, were you interested in politics at all?
CORNELIA SPENCER LOVE:
No. There wasn't any special politics to see. I mean, people didn't involve themselves whole-heartedly.