In my very remarkable campaign in Georgia,
which contrary to precedent, all came along after I was selected, one of
the very amusing things that came to me by mail was a cartoon from San
The cartoon represented the United States
Senate in session. The seats seemed to be fully occupied, and there
appeared in the picture the figure of a woman who had evidently entered
without sending in her card.
The gentlemen in the Senate took the
situation variously. Some seemed to be a little bit hysterical, but most
of them occupied their time looking at the ceiling.
Over the cartoon was written the wonderful
words, "Will they ask the lady to take a chair?"
I want to return my thanks today for the
beautiful, hospitable welcome that you have accorded to the lady when
you gave her a chair.
I also want to return thanks to the noble
men of Georgia. Georgia was very slow in her promises with reference to
woman's suffrage. She has been rapid to perform, for Georgia is the
first state in the Federal Union composed of 48 states where one
chivalric governor [Mr. Hardwick]1 went to the front and said, "Send that old lady there
and let her look at the Senate for even a day."
The senator-elect from Georgia, Mr.
said, "She shall have her day there," and I want to thank him in this
presence. He is a worthy successor. I want to plead for your gracious
attention to him. He has been most chivalric.
The sitting Senator from Georgia [Mr.
has been most obliging.
Indeed, I feel that I am the happiest
woman in the United States. I am at home in the Senate for a day. I
appreciate this wonderful hospitality and the beautiful attention thus
accorded to me.
I want to say further that I commend to
your attention the ten million women voters who are watching this
incident. It is a romantic incident, senators, but it is also a
Lady Astor, from the state of Virginia,
can go to London and be accepted as a
Member of the British House of
Commons, you can take this remnant of the Old South that has never
flickered in her patriotism to her country and be very well assured that
she is not going to discredit her commission.
Let me say, Mr. President, that when the
women of the country come in and sit with you, though there may be but
very few in the next few years, I pledge you that you will get ability,
you will get integrity of purpose, you will get exalted patriotism, and
you will get unstinted usefulness.
Mr. President and senators, I thank you
very much for this hearing.