Susan B. Anthony

Why is she important?

With Susan B. Anthony's determination and perseverance, she accomplished her life-long goal, for women to get the right to vote. She accomplished this by joining many associations and groups that wanted the 19th amendment to be passed, and by being a leader in some of them. This inspired many women to keep on trying and to not give up.

Background Paragraph

Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist and abolitionist. She was born in Feb. 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She one of the most important people in the women suffrage movement in the United States and she was the president of National American Woman Suffrage Association. Susan B. Anthony believed that everyone should be treated equally and she fought for equality for women and for the right to vote. Unfortunately, Susan B. Anthony died because of pneumonia in March 13th, 1906.

What She Did

Susan B. Anthony never gave up in trying to give women the right to vote. In 1851 she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong friend and co worker in social reform activities. Anthony and Stanton formed the New York State Woman's Rights Committee. They also started up petitions for women to have their own property and vote. Before she met Stanton, In 1849, Anthony started to devote more of her time to social issues and political problems. She started participating in more groups, associations, and movements for women rights. Because of this, in a short period of time, she became known as one of the causes most zealous, serious advocates, a dogged and tireless worker. After the civil war, she began to focus even more in women rights. She helped create the American Equal rights association in 1866. This association stated that everyone should have the same rights, equal rights, regardless of sex or race. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, insisted that women and black men should be freed at the same time and worked toward a politically independent women's movement that would no longer be low on abolitionists. Susan B. Anthony was very significant because of many reasons. One reason, she worked very hard and accomplished her mission on making the 19th amendment be passed. Another reason is that she created many associations and joined them not only for equality for women, but for everyone. Another reason is that she was not afraid of jail. She would do anything for the right of women being allowed to vote. Susan B. Anthony really was an inspiration. She never gave up, even if it meant being force fed or beat up, she would do it for the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony will never be forgotten.

Primary Source

This document is called "Petition from Susan B. Anthony to the United States Congress." It was written in January 12, 1874. This document states Susan B. Anthonys petition to the Congress of the United States stating "that the fine imposed upon your petitioner be remitted, as an expression of the sense of this high tribunal that her conviction was unjust." She wrote this petition because she got arrested for voting in the 1872 election in Rochester, NY. Not only did she get arrested but she also had a $100 fine. She still insisted that she would not pay one penny of that fine. This primary source is improtant because it shows Anthonys care for voting and all also all she did for getting the right to vote.
What was/were Susan B. Anthonys goal/s?
a) Freedom
b) Right to vote
c) Equality between everyone
d) Equality for only women
e) b and c
f) a and b