Profiles of Great Women – Part
Susan B. Anthony
– Leader in Women’s Rights
This famous women’s rights leader was born in Adams,
Massachusetts on February 15th, 1820. It wasn’t until 1845 that her family moved to Rochester,
New York on the Erie Canal. Their
house then became a meeting place for anti-slavery activists and perhaps the
place where Anthony first became interested in political events. In 1851, she attended her first
anti-slavery convention in Syracuse.
Soon thereafter in 1852, Anthony attended her first women’s rights
convention and proceeded to join the Women’s Rights Movement. Two years later she began a New York
State campaign for women’s suffrage in Chatauqua County. In 1869 she called for the first Women
Suffrage Convention in Washington, D.C.
In probably her most noted act, Anthony was arrested for
voting in 1872. This didn’t
stop her cause one bit and she continued to fight until her last breath. In 1898, The Life & Work of
Susan B. Anthony, A Story of the Evolution of the Status of Women was published and in 1906, Anthony made her last
public appearance. At the suffrage
hearings in Washington D.C., she gave her ‘Failure is Impossible’
speech at her 86th birthday celebration. She died almost a month later on March 13th,
Links for Susan Brownell Anthony
The Susan B.
The Susan B. Anthony House is located in Rochester, New York
and was her home during the most politically active period in her life. It is also the site of her famous
arrest for voting in 1872. Today
the house is a museum with National Landmark Status and is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
To find out about Anthony’s life as an Abolitionist, Educational
Reformer, Labor Activist, Temperance Worker, Suffragist, and Women’s
Rights Campaigner, check out this site.
B. Anthony House.org & Web Wizardry
Reading Level: Moderate
This is the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.
Anthony. Here you can track key
events in the suffrage movement, locate historical documents and essays, and
see where women are today. Click
on either portrait to the left of the page and take the grand online tour. This interactive historical survey is
very fun and informative.
Reading Level: Easy
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