Susan B. Anthony
February 15, 1820 ~ March 13, 1906
Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's Suffrage movement. Born to a Quaker father and Methodist mother, her father encouraged his 7 children, girls and boys, to be self-supporting, teaching them business principals and giving them responsibilities at an early age. As a family committed to social equality, seh collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton who became her lifelong friend and co-working in social reform activities, primarily for women's rights. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
In 1866, Anthony and Stanton initiated the American Equal Rights Association which campaigned equal rights for both women and African Americans. Because Stanton was homebound with 7 children while Anthony was unmarried, Anthony traveled extensively in support of women's suffrage, giving as many as 75 to 100 speeches per year and working on many state campaigns. Initially, she was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy Marriage. Public perception changed during her lifetime with her 80th birthday celebrated in the White House at the invitation of President William McKinley.