Susan B. Anthony: Women's Rights Movement

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Geni Solis History 1 History Paper Research Draft Professor Kimberlee Dunn March 31, 2015 Susan Brownell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. Her family was Quaker and they had long activist traditions. She then became a teacher for fifteen years and after that she became active in temperance (susanbanthonyhouse.org). Temperance is something that is the act of personal restraint (en.wikipedia.org). Simply because she was a woman, she was not allowed to lead or even speak at the temperance rallies. Because of this, and having befriended Elizabeth Cady Stanton is what led her to become part of the women’s rights movement in 1852. Not long after this she dedicated her life to women’s rights and suffrage.…show more content…
Susan B. Anthony was an advocated dresser to help the reform of women. At this time she cut all her hair and wore a bloomer costume for a year. After getting ridiculed and criticized for a year she finally decided that her dress code detracted from the other causes that she supported (susanbanthonyhouse.org). Then continuing in 1853 Anthony began to campaign for all of the women’s property rights. She went to New York and began speaking at meetings, getting signatures and also lobbying the state legislature. In 1860, mostly because of Anthony’s efforts, New York created a new law called the “New York State Married Women’s Property Bill. This law stated that married women could own property, keep their own wages, and have custody of their children (susanbanthonyhouse.org). Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton went and campaigned for even more liberal divorce laws in New York. Continuing on in 1869, Anthony convinced the Workingwomen’s Association in New York to investigate the case of Hester Vaughn. Hester Vaughn was a poor working woman accused of murdering her illegitimate child. Vaughn was then pardoned and Anthony used the case as an example to point out the different moral standards expected out of men and women. She also wanted to place an issue for women jurors to make the cases a fair fight. In 1875, she attacked the “social evil” of prostitution in Chicago (susanbanthonyhouse.org). She called for equality in marriages, in the workplaces, and at the ballot box to eliminate the need for women to go to the streets (susanbanthony.org). Together her and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Associate in 1869
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