Susan Brownell Anthony : The Fight For Equal Rights

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On February 15, 1820, Susan Brownell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. Seventeen years later, Anthony enrolled at Deborah Moulson’s Female Seminary in Philadelphia to further her education. She only attended it shortly before moving back to help her father pay off his debts. Then in 1845, Anthony and her family moved to a farm in Rochester, New York. Their family farm in Rochester became a popular spot for many abolitionists to meet, thus pushing her to become more active in the fight for equal rights for Blacks. Towards the end of the 1840s, while teaching at a school in Canajoharie, New York, she discovered that male teachers made ten dollars a month, while female teachers made a measly two dollars and fifty cents a month. After…show more content…
In the winter of 1853, Anthony started a petition campaign to expand New York’s Married Women’s Property Act of 1848, so married women would be able to commission their own wages and have equal guardianship of their children. She presented the petitions to the New York State Legislature in 1854, but was dismissed. Instead of giving up, Anthony decided to talk about the issue at the upcoming National Women’s Rights Convention and encouraged everyone to sign the petition. Finally, in 1860, New York’s State Legislature expanded the Married Women’s Property Act. After the expansion of the Married Women’s Property Act, Anthony took a step back from the women’s rights movement, and was asked to help abolish slavery. Anthony organized a Women’s National Loyal League to support and petition for the Thirteenth Amendment, outlawing slavery. After the Thirteenth Amendment was passed, Anthony and the Women’s National Loyal League started campaigning for the right to vote for people of any race and women. When the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were ratified allowing every American citizen to vote but women, Anthony and many other women were furiously disappointed. Rather than quitting, Anthony and Stanton started a newspaper to advocate for women’s suffrage. “Principle, Not Policy: Justice, Not Favors. Men, Their Rights and Nothing
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