“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Born February 15,1820 Birthplace Near Adams, Massachusetts Died March 13, 1906 Grave Site Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York Contribution Worked more than 50 years for women to have the right to vote in the United States. Quotation "Failure is impossible."
Susan Anthony was born one of seven children. Her family settled in Rhode Island in 1834.
Miss Anthony’s father, Daniel Anthony, was a cotton manufacturer and also was a liberal Quaker. Daniel Anthony had his daughters educated at home with the idea of self- support.
The Anthony family were Quakers who believed in the equality of men and women. Her family supported antislavery and temperance, the campaign to abolish alcoholic beverages.
The Anthonys moved from Rhode Island to Rochester, Illinois, in 1845.
Anti-slavery Quakers met at the Anthony farm, where they were sometimes joined by Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.
Through her temperance work, Miss Anthony became increasingly aware that women did not have the same rights as men. “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.”
In 1846, at the age of 26, Susan B. Anthony took a teaching position for two years. After leaving the teaching profession, she became more involved in women’s rights.
Soon, Miss Anthony devoted herself to women's rights and became a leader of the movement. She supported dress reform and, for a time, wore bloomers, which became a symbol of the women's rights movement.
Miss Anthony met women’s rights leader, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in 1851.
“When Anthony Met Stanton” Statue Mrs. Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Susan B. Anthony
Miss Anthony attended her first women’s rights convention in 1852. She campaigned door to door from that experience until the end of the Civil War, for: 1 - abolishment of slavery 2 - women’s rights.
In 1869, Miss Anthony and Mrs. Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association and worked for a woman suffrage amendment to the Constitution.
In 1872, Miss Anthony voted in the presidential election and was arrested and fined $100 for voting illegally. Anthony never paid the fine, but no further action was taken against her.
Miss Anthony spent the rest of her life working for the Federal Suffrage Amendment. This took her to Congress and to political conventions and labor meetings all over the country.
On Miss Anthony’s 86th birthday, she attended her last suffrage convention along with her 86th birthday celebration in Washington. Her last public speech ended with the words: “Failure is Impossible.”
Susan B. Anthony died on March 13, 1906, 14 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law and gave women the right to vote.