At one meeting, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá asked Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragist: Give me your reasons for believing that women today should have the vote?
Answer: I believe that humanity is a divine humanity and that it must rise higher and higher; but he cannot soar with only one wing.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá expressed his pleasure at the answer, and, smiling, replied: But what will you do when one wing is stronger than the other?
Answer: then we must strengthen the weaker wing.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá smiled and asked: What would you say if I prove to you that women is the stronger wing?
The answer came in the same bright vein: You will earn my eternal gratitude!