Meet the Candidate Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

Susan Brownell Anthony was a Quaker, meaning that she saw men and women treated equally when she was a child despite her time period. She saw the unfair world around her, though, and worked at a young age to improve the lives of African Americans and slaves. When Susan B. Anthony was told that she wasn’t allowed to speak at a temperance convention, or a rally against alcohol, she knew that for women to be valued and taken seriously, they needed to have their own rights, such as the right to vote. This was how she began her 50 - year campaign with Elizabeth Cady Stanton to give women the right to vote. After she and Stanton had spent a considerable amount of time working for women’s rights, Susan B. Anthony voted in the presidential election of 1872. She was convicted, fined $100, sent to jail, and tried, but she made a point. On her 86th birthday, she was before a crowd once more, but not as a suffragist for women’s rights. She was the guest of honor. By believing that she could accomplish anything and that women were equal to men, Susan B. Anthony played a huge part in giving women the right to vote.