Pep Talk For Khalsa Women


Though the Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh Code of Conduct, SRM) encourages women to stand as the Punj Piare (leaders) within the Khalsa Knighthood, so far within the history of mainstream Sikhi, male only Punj Piares have ruled. As in every other culture, women’s rights efforts spark violence. I have every faith that Khalsa women will rise and face this danger bravely though I pray we will not suffer like the Suffragettes!

I know most nonSikh readers here at SOULBRIDES’ KITCHEN join me in proudly sharing this famous historic pep-talk with Sikh women.

Friends and fellow citizens:

I stand before you tonight under indictment for the alleged crime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right to vote. It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen’s rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny.

The preamble of the Federal Constitution says:

“We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people – women as well as men. And it is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government – the ballot.

For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land. By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity.

To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed. To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household – which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation.

Webster, Worcester, and Bouvier all define a citizen to be a person in the United States, entitled to vote and hold office.

The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not. Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities. Hence, every discrimination against women in the constitutions and laws of the several states is today null and void, precisely as is every one against Negroes.

Susan B. Anthony – 1873



Filed under Fighting Authoritarian Groups, Inspiring, Multicultural, Sikh Women's Movement, Sikhi, The Khalsa Knighthood

3 responses to “Pep Talk For Khalsa Women

  1. Gurmit Singh

    Waheguru jee ka Khalsa Waheguru jee kee Fateh

    I am not a citizen of USA but I wish that women of USA including wives of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheny, and Dr. Rice should vote for a Female Candidate Mrs. Hillary Clinton.

    In New Zealand, Woman Prime Minister has been governing. This year Australia has also elected Women as Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Opposition Leader.

    Similarly, to begin with at least 2 or 3 women should participate while administering Amrit Initiation as well as in the Management of Gurduaras. Both the wheels are essential for the smooth movement of Sikh Khalsa Caravan.

  2. kamallarosekaur

    Hi Gurmit Singh,

    Though I agree that, in general, women leaders are as good, often superior, and I too would love to see women making up 1/2 the USA Senate and standing as President….I am against globalization and having greedy multi-national corporations running this world. Hillary, though not a Neo-Con, is taking graft ($$$$) from her multi-national Masters. All the top candidates are….

    Truth is, the USA economy is tanking and whoever is elected this time will be scapegoated by the Neo-Cons. Also many worry that another terrorist attack is scheduled to happen before the next election and the Neo-Cons will declare martial law.

  3. I’ve read this and would like to note that I attended the Elizabeth Cady Stanton grade school in Seneca Falls, NY. As we can see from the dates, this movement supposedly started in the 1800s in America, but the reality is that this movement started wherever and whenever moms have been in our lives.

    Anyone who can deny a mother either her sons, her daughters or her role in forming the future of a village, city, nation or continent has not seen the ‘light’ that comes through each of us as a Divine presence.

    From the experience of a death that was lived for 3 days I know that we can return from the darkness that has reigned for the ‘many years’ where related peoples can ‘kill each other’ when fear and anger are allowed rule over our Minds and Hearts.

    To honor the tsalagi (cherokee) who birthed my own mother’s family and merged with the Irish and German that are still in me, I acknowledge both the happiness that you’ve brought to every day and the strength to rule from a place of honor that was not won with battles or bigger fists (or weapons) but from hearts filled with love and wisdom that looked both to our ancestors who brought us here and our next 7 generations that we will leave as our legacy which now extends back over 40,000 years in the Americas.

    a-da-nv-to (“heart” of ALL that is)

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