Susan B. Anthony

Alexandra Ferguson S1

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  • Born February 15, 1820
  • Died March 13, 1906
  • Became known as the 'Napoleon' of feminism
  • Grew up in a household passionate of abolition, temperance, and women's rights
  • Completed boarding school in Philadelphia and chose to be a teacher in 1839 in New York
  • Was fired for arguing about her salary and visiting African Americans in their homes
  • Became a principle at Canajoharie Academy in Rochester


  • After 10 years of teaching Susan decided to focus her attention on the temperance issue
  • In 1852, she attended a meeting of the Sons of Temperance in Albany. When she rose to speak she was turned away and told that women were there to listen and learn
  • After that she joined the woman's suffrage movement and worked at women's rights
  • In 1860 a bill passed allowing women to control their own earnings and property, to enter into contracts, and to serve as the guardians of their children
  • When women were still not allowed to vote, Susan became the most radical of the women's rights advocates
  • This cause many problems for her and the women who followed her
  • In 1889 Susan formed the National American Woman Suffrage Association
  • Using the fourteenth amendment to her advantage, Susan and he sisters signed up to vote
  • On November 28, 1872 Susan and sixteen other women were arrested but only she was brought to trial
  • Between 1877 and 1883 she continued to campaign for women's right to vote
  • Serving as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, she lived to see Wyoming become the first state to allow women to vote
  • By the time of her death, only three other states allowed women to vote

Leadership Traits

The leadership traits Susan B. Anthony showed during her lifetime and time with women's rights were integrity, courage, dependability, justice, endurance, unselfishness and loyalty. Susan stood up for what she believed in and never gave up on the things she felt were right.


"Susan B. Anthony." Historic World Leaders. Gale, 1994. Gale Biography In Context. Web.

4 Dec. 2012.