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Susan Brownell Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. Anthony grew up in a Quaker household where she developed a strong moral compass and intellectual skill which she continued to use throughout her life while advocating for various social causes. She was the second oldest of 8 children. As an adolescent, Anthony was sent off to Quaker school in Philadelphia, but when her family fell on hard times financially, Anthony found a job as a teacher and moved back in to help make ends meet.
In the mid-1840’s, Susan B. Anthony’s family moved to Rochester, NY where they purchased a farm. Anthony’s family became heavily involved in the fight against slavery and their home would become a meeting place and headquarters of sorts for members of the abolitionist movement, including, most notably, Frederick Douglass.
In the 1850’s, Susan B. Anthony became increasingly involved in the abolitionist movement. It was during this time that she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, another figurehead in the movement for women’s suffrage, at an anti-slavery conference. The pair began getting involved in the temperance movement, rallying for the production and sale of alcohol. At a temperance convention, Anthony was denied a chance to speak, and it was then that she realized that in order to be taken seriously in politics, women were going to need to gain the right to vote.
Soon after, Stanton and Anthony started the Women’s New York State Temperance Society and the New York State Woman’s Rights Committee.They maintained their efforts until the Civil War broke out, at which time, Anthony and Stanton focused on the fight for the end of slavery.
After the Civil War ended, Anthony resumed the fight for women’s rights. She and Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, as well as a weekly newspaper entitled The Revolution. The Revolution’s slogan was, “Men their rights, and nothing more; women their rights, and nothing less.”
In 1872, Anthony decided to take matters into her own hands and vote, despite it being illegal. Her case went to court, and she was fined $100, which she never paid.
A few years later, Susan B. Anthony and Stanton, co-authored a book entitled, History of Woman Suffrage. Ida Husted Harper and Matilda Joslin Gage also contributed to the volume, and the several that followed in its stead.
In 1905, Stanton met with President Theodore Roosevelt to lobby for women’s suffrage, despite her old age. Until the day she died in 1906, Anthony fought for an amendment to the Constitution that would grant women the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was passed which allowed women to vote. Anthony has been honored in many ways since her death. Perhaps most notably, the United States Treasury Department issued a dollar coin in 1979 with her image on it.
It is reported that shortly before her death, Susan B. Anthony uttered these words to a good friend:
Susan B. Anthony was an amazing force for social change. Her voice and actions still have a very visible impact on our world today.
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