Susan B. Anthony

Susan's Early Life

Susan B. Anthony was born February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She was born in a Quaker family with big traditions. Early in her life she had an interest in justice and moral zeal. She went on to work as a teacher before becoming a leading figure in the abolitionist and women's voting rights movement.

What Did She Do?

In 1851, she attended an anti-slavery conference, where she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was inspired to fight for women's rights while campaigning against alcohol. She was denied a chance to speak at a convention because she was a woman, and later realized that no one would take women in politics seriously unless they had the right to vote.

Her Movement

Susan B. Anthony was perhaps the most widely known suffragist of her generation and has become an icon of the woman’s suffrage movement. Susan traveled the country to give speeches, petitions, and organize local women’s rights organizations.

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In 1853 Anthony campaigned for women's property rights in New York State, speaking at meetings, collecting signatures for petitions, and lobbying the state legislature. She circulated petitions for married women's property rights and woman suffrage. She addressed the National Women’s Rights Convention in 1854 and urged more petition campaigns.