Early Childhood Inspiration: Susan B. Anthony

In first grade, my class did a project where we had to find a figure in history we admired and then dress up as that person and give a short monologue. My mom helped me find a list of fifty or so historical people I could talk about and then let me choose. Not surprisingly, I chose the suffragist Susan B. Anthony. In fact, Anthony is probably the person to first inspire me to think about women’s equality and gender issues.

Susan B. Anthony circa 1855

To be fair, she was probably one of the first women to make a lot of people think about gender equality, at least in terms of voting. Not only was she an amazing suffragist, but she was also an abolitionist. She is also famous for establishing the Women’s New York State Temperance Society in 1852 with Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Though you probably already know her story, here are 10 facts you may not have heard:

  1. Anthony wasn’t present at the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention because she was teaching school
  2. She was an abolitionist before she was a suffragist
  3. For her 80th birthday she partied at the White House
  4. She was the first woman to get her face on a US coin
  5. She was not a traditional Christian
  6. She was good friends with Frederick Douglass
  7. She was German of descent but one of her grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War
  8. She was against abortion, but put the blame on pressuring men rather than the women seeking abortions
  9. She might have had (probably had) some lady loves
  10. A Navy ship was named after her and it holds the world record for its passengers not dying when it sank

In any case, here is a video of some of her quotes. Have a great day!


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