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Susan B. Anthony
February 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906
born Adams, Massachusetts
Quaker, teacher, temperance and abolition organizer, outstanding women's rights leader with sharp political instincts, met Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1850, took sufferage petitions door-to-door 1854, worked for emancipation but felt black men should not be given the vote ahead of women, published The Revolution 1868-70, lectured for 6 years to pay of its $10,000 debt, advocated equal pay for equal work, encouraged more women to form unions, "more than any other suffrage leader, she was the victim of masculine ridicule" including satirical cartoons and newspaper attacks, driving force behind National Woman Suffrage Association 1869-90, National American Woman Suffrage Association head 1892-1900, single-minded champion of federal amendment, called "The Invincible" and "The Napoleon of the woman's rights movement," active in state campaigns from Kansas 1867 to California 1896, spoke across country for 30 years, voted in 1872 election, arrested and convicted but won popular support, led Centennial protest 1876, recruited Carrie Catt and Anna Shaw to suffrage, lived with sister Mary in Rochester, New York, became internationally respected symbol of woman's movement, "She has a broad and generous nature, and a depth of tenderness that few women possess" said Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Biographical information excerpted from Women Win the Vote distributed by The National Women's History Project, 7738 Bell Road, Windsor, California, 95492-8518. Graphic and text posted by permission NWHP, 1994.

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