Who Was Susan B. Anthony?


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Susan B. Anthony, an American feminist and social reformer, played a significant role in the movement that militated for women's right to vote. Anthony was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and wrote several books on the subject of women's rights.

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Who Was Susan B. Anthony?
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Anthony was born in 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts, and worked as a teacher prior to engaging in the fight for women's rights. She decided to dedicate her life to woman's suffrage after she became active in temperance and found that she could not speak at rallies because she was a woman. In 1851, Anthony met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong companion in the field of women's rights. Together, they founded the New York Women's State Temperance Society, the Women's Loyal National League and the American Equal Rights Association.

In 1872, Anthony voted illegally in the presidential elections and was arrested for it. Even though she fought the charges, Anthony was fined $100. In the 1880s, she published "History of Woman Suffrage," a work in six volumes coedited with Stanton, Matilda Joslin Gage and Ida Husted Harper.

In the last years of her life, Anthony continued to fight for women's rights and met with President Theodore Roosevelt in Washington to lobby for a constitutional amendment that would give women the right to vote. Anthony died in 1906 at the age of 86.

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