Susan B. Anthony

Women's Suffrage


Susan B. Anthony was born February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She was brought up in a Quaker family.At the age of 6, her family moved to Battenville, New York where she was homeschooled because her dad didn't think the local schools were good enough. Later things would get difficult for Susan and her family. Her dad lost almost everything when the economy collapsed in 1837. She started teaching to make money to help pay off her father's debts.
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In 1851, she attended an anti-slavery conference, where she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She got involved with the Temperance Movement, aimed at limiting or stopping the production of alcohol. They denied her the right to speak at a temperance convention because she was a women. This made her realize that no one would take women seriously unless they had the right to vote.Anthony and Stanton established the Women's New York State Temperance Society in 1852.

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less" - Susan b. Anthony


In 1846, at age 26, Anthony was the head of the girls department at Canajoharie Academy, her first paid position. She taught for twp years. In 1852-1859 she spoke at state teachers' conventions to arguing for coeducation and there are no differences in the minds of men and women. She called for equal educational opportunities. In 1890, Susan B. Anthony raised $50,000 in pledges to ensure the admittance of women in the university of Rochester.


In 1866, Anthony and Stanton founded the American Equal Rights Association and in 1868 they started publishing The Revolution, a newspaper that lobbied for women's rights. In 1869 they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. In 1872 she was arrested for voting at a presidential election. In 1877 she gathered petition from 26 states with 10,000 signatures but Congress laughed. Between 1881-1885, She joined Stanton and Matilda Joslin Gage and published the History of Women's Suffrage. She retired as President of the National American Women Suffrage Association at the age of 80 in 1900. The 19th Amendment, also known as the Susan B Anthony amendment, was passed in 1920, giving all women the right to vote.
Great Speeches: Susan B. Anthony on Women's Right to Vote