As we continue celebrating National Women’s History Month, we peek into the life of Susan B. Anthony.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. -Susan B. Anthony
Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American pioneer crusader for the woman suffrage movement and president (1892-1900) of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Born into a politically active Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. They worked to end slavery (the Abolitionist Movement) and were also part of the temperance movement, which wanted the production and sale of alcohol limited or stopped completely. Anthony was denied a chance to speak at a temperance convention because she was a woman.
Along with activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She realized that no one would take women in politics seriously unless they had the right to vote. It wasn’t until 14 years after her death in 1920, that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving all adult women the right to vote, was passed.In recognition of her dedication and hard work, the U.S. Treasury Department put Anthony’s portrait on one dollar coins in 1979, making her the first woman to be so honored.