Susan B. Anthony: The Woman's Suffrage Movement

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Although she died before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, Susan B. Anthony was the single greatest contributor to the eventual success of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement. She spent the majority of her life fighting for woman’s rights, but she was also very active in the abolitionist and temperance movements. For more than 50 years, Susan B. Anthony worked tirelessly and ceaselessly towards convincing the federal government to recognize women’s right to equality. Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony was instrumental in women gaining the right to vote in 1919. Born in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was raised as a Quaker in Adams, Massachusetts. While teaching during her early adulthood, and she agitated for equal pay for women teachers, for coeducation, and for college training for girls. By the mid 1840s, she had become involved in the woman’s rights movement and, in 1850, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. “In 1850, Stanton met Susan B. Anthony, who soon became Stanton’s closest…show more content…
Anthony. While Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a wife and mother, served as the writer and idea-person of the two, Susan B. Anthony, never married, was more often the organizer and the one who traveled, spoke widely, and bore the brunt of hostile public opinion. “…Susan B. Anthony, a militant lecturer for women’s rights, fearlessly exposed herself to rotten garbage and vulgar epithets.” 3 In 1872, in an attempt to claim that the constitution already permitted women to vote, Susan B. Anthony cast a test vote in Rochester, New York in the presidential election. She was arrested, charged with illegal voting, and found guilty, though she refused to pay the resulting fine and no attempt was made to force her to do so. “…I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's right, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any State to deny.”
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