Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Susan B. Anthony

By Michelle Rush

Susan Brownwell Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She was the second of eight children in a strict Quaker family. Her parents believed in discipline, education and social justice. Her whole family was involved in the abolitionist and anti-slavery movements. She started her public activism through the temperance (anti-alcohol) movement.

She was a teacher for a private school, and fought the administration wanting equal pay as the male teachers. Her petition was denied, and she was also refused to speak a the temperance rally. She then decided to form her own women's temperance society. She began to fight for the rights sufferage of women. In 1851 she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The two became the dearest of friends and joined together in activism.

Susan B. Anthony was known for her traveling, making speeches and appearing before congress. Women's sufferage was her largest concern. She and several other women tried to vote in the 1872 presidential election. For that she was arrested and thrown in jail. The judge ordered the jury to find her guilty and fined her 100$, which she refused to pay.

"I declare to you that women must not depend
upon the protection of men, but must be taught
to protect herself, and there I take my stand."

Susan never married or had children in her lifetime but she did help care for several members of her family when they were ill. Susan B. Anthony died March 13, 1906 (in Rochester, New York) of pneumonia and heart failure. Fourteen years later women gained the right to vote and she is the woman who paved the way. Below is her last public speech.

"I am here for a little time only and then my place
will be filled. But the fight must not cease. You must
see that it does not stop. Failure is not an option."

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