Susan B. Anthony

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Susan B. Anthony was a pioneer suffragist in the 19th century. She advocated on behalf of many causes, all relating to equal rights for women. Her background, values, and contribution to the world all paved the way for women of future generations. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts in 1820. Her father, Daniel Anthony was a cotton manufacturer. Anthony attended school until age fifteen, at which time she became a teacher. Her family moved to Rochester, New York in 1845 and became involved in the anti-slavery movement. It was then that Anthony became interested in equal rights for everyone. Anthony’s main accomplishment was her work in women’s suffrage. However, she wasn’t always interested in women’s rights. Her work began in temperance. Temperance means “moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages”. She was passionate about this issue because she had grown up as a Quaker, and Quakers do not drink alcohol. Her passion transitioned into women’s rights when she was told that she could not speak at a temperance rally because she was a woman. In 1852 she joined the women’s rights movement. In 1859 she took her passion to education and argued for equal educational opportunities for all. She also thought that women should be treated equally in the workforce, backing the phrase, “equal pay for equal work”. Women at this time were earning about one-fourth of the salary that men were earning to do the same job. In 1872, Anthony was arrested after voting in New York. She defended her actions by using the Fourteenth Amendment, which says, “all persons born and naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States, and as citizens were entitled to the privileges of citizens of the United States”. After a long, and unfair trial she was found guilty, and was charged one hundred dollars. She frankly told the judge that…...

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