The last time you probably ever heard the name, Susan B. Anthony was probably in elementary school, BUT, this woman rocked the history books!
She never married because she was too busy protecting the rights of women and children. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family. Susan B. Anthony’s Father, Daniel, believed in equal treatment for boys and girls. Most girls did not receive a formal education in the early 1800's yet Susan and her three sisters had the same opportunity for advanced education as her two brothers. Susan attended a private Quaker boarding school in Philadelphia. Her family had a long tradition in the Quaker Society of Friends, and she was raised to value the precepts of society, humility, simplicity, and in particular, equality. The Anthony family was very active in the reform movements of the day. They worked for temperance (the prohibition of alcohol), the anti-slavery movement plus both of Susan B. Anthony's parents (Daniel and Lucy) and her sister Mary signed the "Declaration of Sentiments" at the Second Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
Gee, do you think this gal was a little busy? You be the judge:
Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to "the cause," the woman suffrage movement. The accomplishments of Susan B. Anthony paved the way for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 (14 years after her death) which gave women the right to vote. Her accomplishments include the following:
- Founded the National Woman's Suffrage Association in 1869 with life-long friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Together they worked for women's suffrage for over 50 years.
- Published "The Revolution" from 1868-1870, a weekly paper about the woman suffrage movement whose motto read, "Men their rights and nothing more, women their rights and nothing less.
- First person arrested, put on trial and fined for voting on November 5, 1872. Unable to speak in her defense, she refused to pay "a dollar of your unjust penalty."
- Wrote the Susan B. Anthony Amendment in 1878 which later became the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
- Helped found the National American Woman's Suffrage Association in 1890 which focused on a national amendment to secure women the vote. She served as president until 1900.
- Compiled and published "The History of Woman Suffrage (4 vols. 1881-1902) with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage.
- Founded the International Council of Women (1888) and the International Woman Suffrage Council (1904) which brought international attention to suffrage.
- An organization genius -- her canvassing plan is still used today by grassroot and political organizations.
- Gave 75-100 speeches a year for 45 years, traveling throughout the the United States by stage coach, wagon, carriage and train.
- Led the only non-violent revolution in our country's history -- the 72 year struggle to win women the right to vote.
- After Susan B. Anthony's death in August 26, 1920 , the women's suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution finally was ratified, including women as full voting citizens.
- So take a moment to pay homage to this strong woman who fought tirelessly for the rights of women.
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