The Fight For Women's Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a true American citizen who believed that women were equal in a time when this was not exactly true, but Susan made sure her feelings were known. She once said " I revolted in spirit against the customs of society and the laws of the state that crushed my aspirations and debarred me from the pursuit  of almost every object of an intelligent, rational mind."

Susan Brownell Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts.  Her parents were hard workers and as Quakers they believed that "all men were created equal."  From 1839 to 1849 Susan became a teacher and joined the Temperance Movement.  She also became involved gatherings of men and women who spoke in public to express their opinions on women's suffrage.

From then on Susan, vowed to stand up for what she believed in: women's rights.  She began attending Temperance meetings but was not allowed to speak because of her gender.  She thought it was unfair that men were treated with importance but women were not.

In 1869, Susan befriended a lady named Elizabeth Cady Stanton and together they formed the National Women's Suffrage Association and worked to get  women's suffrage into the constitution.  Anthony and Stanton went to many voting polls even though it was against the law for women to vote.  Once she was arrested and fined but she refused to pay.  Then finally in 1920 after several hard years of work the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.

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