Courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica

"Marriage, to women as to men must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it. And the only possible way to accomplish this great change is to accord women equal power."

85) Susan B Anthony

Social Advocate and One of the Most Famous Supporters of Women’s Suffrage

Born: 15 February 1820, Adams, Massachusetts, United States of America

Died: 13 March 1906, Rochester, New York, United States of America

Susan was also an abolitionist, temperance advocate, and equal pay and labor rights advocate. Her causes often clashed with her Quaker background, and she was often criticized and shunned by politicians and leaders, male and female alike, but this didn't deter Susan.

Susan worked closely with Elizabeth Cady Stanton—a fellow suffrage advocate.

Susan and Elizabeth were opposed to the 14th and 15th amendments on the grounds that they did not include a guarantee for votes for women (though some claim they were also biased against colored people having a vote in general).

Susan was arrested in 1872 for illegally attempting to vote. Though she was fined, Susan never paid and was immensely proud of having stood up for what she viewed as her right as an American citizen. On the anniversary of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right to vote regardless of sex in the United States, President Trump pardoned Susan B Anthony, and pointed out all the good she had done for women across the United States. Unfortunately, the Susan B Anthony museum "Rejected" Trump's pardon, proving just how volatile politics are in the United States at this moment. What most media outlets forget to mention is that the Susan B Anthony List was present and cheered the president on as he signed Susan's pardon.

Susan also led a march during the celebrations of the nation’s 100th birthday to protest for the rights of women’s suffrage.

Susan helped merge the two largest suffrage groups in the United States and then led them both until 1900. She lobbied Congress practically every year but still passed away long before women were given the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Susan is also remembered today as being a Dazzling Daughter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. 

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Located In My Personal Library:

How They Choked by Kevin O'Malley

After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters by Owen Hurd

America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins

The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes, and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson

No Place for a Woman: The Struggle for Suffrage in the Wild West by Chris Enss

Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored by Mary Gabriel

Suffragists in Washington DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote by Rebecca Boggs Roberts

Victoria Woodhull's Sexual Revolution: Political Theatre and the Popular Press in Nineteenth Century America by Amanda Frisken

Whose Who in American History: Leaders, Visionaries, and Icons who Shaped Our Nation by John M Thompson, William R Gray, and KM Kostyal


NSDAR’s Distinguished Daughters List