Biography Brief: Susan B. Anthony
Anthonywas one of the most important figures at the women's suffrage movement. What were some of her accomplishments? How is she remembered today?
Susanbecame an activist at a young age. At the age of 17 she was out collecting petitions for various civil rights causes, particularly william Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery society. In addition to playing a role in the abolitionist movement,
Anthonymade a name for herself as an advocate for women's rights and being an
active participant and the temperance movement against alcohol. In 1851 she was introduced to fellow women's suffrage activist Elizabeth Katie Stanton. The two became close associates and worked together for the rest of their lives.
Anthonytraveled all over the world promoting her causes delivering 75 to 100 speeches a year. This alone changed many people's perception of women in 1868 she started a women's suffrage weekly journal known as the revolution and in 1869 she and Stanton
started the National Woman Suffrage Association. her advocacy did not stop it speeches and articles though in the 1872 presidential election she took the bold step of voting she was arrested for this and eventually fined one hundred dollars a fine she refused to pay for the rest of her life
Anthonywas not deterred though during the nation's centennial celebration in 1876
Anthonydelivered the declaration of the rights of women in Philadelphia. Sadly women's suffrage was not achieved
during her lifetime however very late in her life she was asked if women would be allowed to vote she assured the questioner that it would happen and of course it did there can be no doubt that she played a large role in achieving not only this goal but other goals as well her involvement in the temperance movement cannot be overlooked since the goal of prohibition of alcohol was achieved as well leading to widespread cultural shifts in america in 1979
Anthonywas honored with the
Anthonysilver dollar. With the minting of this coin she became the first woman to appear on US currency this is certainly not the only way she has been recognized her image has appeared on postage stamps and she has had schools named in her honor additionally her birth home as well as the home she lived in throughout her life are both national storage sites when one considers the modern world and all that women have achieved both professionally am politically and how powerful the female vote
has become it goes without saying that such a strong advocate for women's suffrage should be thought of as one the most influential Americans to ever live good in