Susan B. Anthony

Born on February 15, 1820 was a famous daughter of a Quaker abolitionist. She was born in Adams, Mass. After she had completed her education in New York, she accepted employment as a teacher. When dissatisfaction of teaching induced her she accepted the position of assistant manager of the family farm in upstate New York. This position gave her a chance to meet and discuss with some of her father' s guests the nature of American reform. Exposure to this convinced her that she could also become an advocate of reform. She then became an agent for the Daughters of Temperance and for the American Anti- Slavery Society. While an agent she began her friendship with Elisabeth Cady Stanton which proved crucial both for herself and for the feminist crusade. In 1866, she helped found the American Equal Rights Association in order to work for woman' s suffrage. For the rest of her life she was devoted to woman' s suffrage. She also helped establish the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. In 1872 she was arrested for attempting to vote and claimed the 14th and 15th Amendments applied to all citizens, male and female. From 1892- 1900 she was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association. With other woman feminists she complied and edited the first four volumes of The History of Woman Suffrage ( 1881-1902). She also wrote the newspaper called The Revolution. Her ceaseless work and travel made woman' s suffrage a recognized cause in both America and Europe. She was never married. Susan was active even one month before death. Her last public speech words were " failure is impossible". She died in Rochester on March 13, 1906. At that time only 4 states gave woman the right to vote. In 1920 the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution.

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