Susan B Anthony; Women's Rights Activist

Susan B Anthony sitting at her desk, sporting all black to represent the sorrow she felt towards women having limited rights A younger Susan B Anthony as she sits at her desk and reads a novel Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton discussing paperwork as they fight to get the Ninteenth Amendment passed
Susan B. Anthony; Women's Rights Activist 

Susan B Anthony is remembered for her remarkable efforts as she strongly supported the Woman suffrage movement in New England and the United States, and her work as the President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Her work and dedication to push for women’s rights in the late 1800s and early 1900s led to the passing of the 19th Amendment, which grants woman the right to vote. Although she was not alive to see her accomplishments push through, Susan B Anthony plays a huge role in Women’s History.

Born in Adams, Massachusetts, Susan B Anthony was born on February, 15, 1820. Her family was particularly politically strong, and included young Susan in their affairs such as the abolitionist movement to end slavery, and the temperance movement which worked to limit/completely stop the sale of alcohol. While working with her parents, Anthony was inspired to fight for women’s rights when she was not allowed to speak during a temperance convention due to her sex.

Susan B Anthony’s goal was to gain woman the right to vote. She worked along side Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and together they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association that worked to gain women’s rights. 

Although, they didn’t stop there. Anthony traveled the country, speaking to the public to support women’s rights, especially their right to vote. She even illegally voted during the 1872 presidential election, and was arrested and fined. In her efforts to push against the social norms, she refused to pay her fine, and was eventually released.

Anthony was always dressed in black to symbolize the pain and suffrage woman faced during the women’s rights movement. She remained dressed in black for 50 years of her life, until she died on March, 13, 1906.

Although the right to vote was not granted to woman until 1920, even after 14 years after Susan B Anthony’s death, her words were still residing in the public, and her dedication and confidence to fight for the woman of America worked. The 19th Amendment was passed to the U.S. Constitution, and to honor the efforts and hard work of Susan B Anthony, the U.S Treasury Department make sure that Susan’s portrait would be put on the one-dollar coin, making her the first woman to be honored so high by a government department.

Susan B Anthony changed the history for women alike in a tremendous way. If it weren’t for her courageous attitude and willingness to make a difference in the women community, many of these rights she had granted to woman so early on would not have been recognized or taken seriously. She pushed the stigma aside and fought for what she believed in. She is one of the many women we celebrate during Women’s History Month.

Woman’s History Month is celebrated every March to honor women whose contributions to events in history and contemporary society are highlighted today. Woman’s History Month is widely celebrated throughout the United States, for many women here have donated to women’s history, including Susan B Anthony, Hellen Keller, Clara Barton and Emily Dickinson.

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