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328. Susan B. Anthony: The First Women's Rights Activist
Long before the women's movement of the late
and 70s, lived a 19th Century woman by
name of Susan B. Anthony. Anthony was fighting
women's rights long before the social revolution 50
ago. She was born in 1820 to a
family. Quakers are a close-knit, faith-based group of
who live a very simple and strict life.
is a traditional way of life where gender
are clearly defined.
She spent much of her
life fighting for social change. She was an
-slavery abolitionist, teacher, author, and was a leading figure
gaining women the right to vote, and to
office. The suffrage movement was designed to gain
rights for women who previously had no voice
government. Another social cause Anthony was heavily involved
was the anti-slavery movement. Anthony made her family
available for like-minded people to have anti-slavery meetings.
was involved in the abolitionist movement until the
of the American Civil War, when slavery was
. She then turned her attention to women's rights.
founded a weekly publication called "The Revolution", which
used to publish women's rights literature. The newspaper's
was "Men their rights, and nothing more; women
rights, and nothing less."
In 1872, after touring
country trying to build momentum for women's rights,
illegally voted in the presidential election. She was
and fined, even though she fought. Anthony never
the fine. The incident served to bring more
to the struggle women had to endure. Anthony
the good fight until her death in 1905
the age of 84. She is honored today
the United States mint with the Susan B.