So it’s only fair that we start to celebrate the achievements of various women throughout history (and modern times). Unfortunately these women tend to be forgotten, or ignored, in history books. So let’s change that…
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
Born in 1820, as a young child Anthony and her family moved to New York. She was known already be a strong girl with acute leadership skills.
Between the ages of 15 and 30, Anthony attended boarding school and was teaching the other students.
In 1849, she became the president of the Rochester Branch of the Daughters of Temperance, a group dedicated to the prohibition of alcohol. This was the first of many societies and associations that she was part of in her lifetime, including:
- Women’s State Temperance Society (formed herself)
- American Anti-Slavery Society from 1856 until 1861,
- Women’s Loyal League in 1863 for slave emancipation (which she formed herself)
- National Woman’s Suffrage Association with her colleage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in 1869 (which she founded herself).
- Anthony and Stanton then published a newspaper called “The Revolution,” sending out the word for women’s rights.
- In 1870, she founded and became president of the Workingwomen’s Central Association.
- She also founded the International Council of Women, made up of 48 countries, in 1888,
- the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1890 (of which she was president until 1900),
- International Woman Suffrage Council in 1904.
In 1878, she wrote the Susan B. Anthony amendment, which declared that women should have the right to vote. After her death, specifically, on August 18th 1920, this amendment became the 19th Amendment in the Constitution.
Also notably, Susan B. Anthony made the Rochester University begin to accept female students.
She died on March 13th 1906, and it is said that her final words were “failure is impossible” – which was adopted as a feminist chant.
She is remembered as leading the only non-violent protest in the USA.