Honoring Great Women Throughout History: Susan B. Anthony
There have been many people throughout all of history who have fought for things they believe. Whether it be for things like freedom from Tyranny, basic human rights, or to abolish something horrendous. Many of those people have been women. Women have always been sort of overlooked or forgotten when compared to the great men of history. So today, I want to highlight one woman who accomplished more than you ever could in 10 lifetimes.
Susan B. Anthony: Introduction
Susan B. Anthony was born February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She was brought up in a Quaker family with long activist traditions. Early in her life she developed a sense of justice and moral zeal.
After teaching for fifteen years, she became active in temperance. Because she was a woman, she was not allowed to speak at temperance rallies. This experience, and her acquaintance with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led her to join the women’s rights movement in 1852. Soon after, she dedicated her life to woman suffrage.
Ignoring opposition and abuse, Anthony traveled, lectured, and canvassed across the nation for the vote. She also campaigned for the abolition of slavery, the right for women to own their own property and retain their earnings, and she advocated for women’s labor organizations. In 1900, Anthony persuaded the University of Rochester to admit women.
Anthony, who never married, was aggressive and compassionate by nature. She had a keen mind and a great ability to inspire. She remained active until her death on March 13, 1906. Amongst all that she did, What is arguably the most notable thing in the span of her life? I would say her activity with the Anti-Slavery movement.
Susan B. Anthony: The Abolitionist
After they moved to Rochester in 1845, members of the Anthony family were active in the anti-slavery movement. Anti-slavery Quakers met at their farm almost every Sunday, where they were sometimes joined by Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. Anthony’s brothers Daniel and Merritt were anti-slavery activists in Kansas.
In 1856 Anthony became an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society, arranging meetings, making speeches, putting up posters, and distributing leaflets. She encountered hostile mobs, armed threats, and things thrown at her. She was hung in effigy, and in Syracuse her image was dragged through the streets.
In 1863 Anthony and Stanton organized a Women’s National Loyal League to support and petition for the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery. They went on to campaign for full citizenship for women and people of any race, including the right to vote, in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. They were bitterly disappointed and disillusioned when women were excluded. Anthony continued to campaign for equal rights for all American citizens, including people who had been enslaved, in her newspaper The Revolution, which she began publishing in Rochester in 1868. Anthony attacked lynching’s and racial prejudice in the Rochester newspapers in the 1890s.
The point is she went through a lot to fight for people who at the time didn’t have some of the basic right that we have today. The women of this age were focused on marriage, raising a family, and being a good wife. Not Susan B. Anthony! She heard the cry of the people and acted. She is an inspiration to not only women, but people everywhere.
Susan B. Anthony: Conclusion
This is just one of many things that Susan B. Anthony did. She worked tirelessly throughout her entire life to improve the lives of people all around her, and she most certainly accomplished that. I highly encourage you to go and read a little about her and the many other women who have influenced history in great and impactful ways. Thanks again, Ladies.