Ponderin' The Past...with Susan B. Anthony

Courting Miss AmselHello readers! Today I am basing my history post off of a recent book I read called Courting Miss Amsel. Edythe Amsel was involved in woman's suffrage a bit and looked forward to attending a rally where Susan B. Anthony was speaking. So, I thought that it would make for the perfect post! :) Here is what I was able to learn about Susan B. Anthony.

Born in 1820, Susan B. Anthony grew up in a typical Quaker family with a long history of activist traditions, so we can be sure that Susan grew up with a great sense of justice. For 15 years, Susan was a teacher. and it wasn't until 1852 after having tried to be active in temperance, but was not allowed to speak because she was a woman, and meeting Elizabeth Stanton that Susan became involved in woman's suffrage.

The Revolution was published in 1868, and advocated an eight hour day and equal pay for equal work. It encouraged making purchases from our fellow Americans and immigration into the lower states, settling the entire country. 

In 1870, Susan founded and was elected president of the Workingwomen's Central Association. This association kept track of the working conditions and educated working women.
While president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in the 1890s, Anthony emphasized the importance of gaining the support of organized labor. She encouraged numerous women fighting for Woman's Suffrage to continue towards their goal in protection for working women through trade unions.

There is SO much more I could say about Susan B. Anthony, but for ease of reading, I will end with this - Susan continued her work heartily until her death in 1906. She never married but devoted her entire life to woman's suffrage. She now is one of America's most well known social reformers, and stands for us as a symbol of determination and perseverance.
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Julia said...

Oh, neat. I live in Susan B. Anthony's hometown so I find this quite interesting and didn't know Courting Miss Amsel covered this topic.

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