“We shall someday be heeded, and when we shall have our amendment to the Constitution of the United States, everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people think that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which woman now possesses always were hers. They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past.”
– Susan B. Anthony
Susan dedicated much of her life to fighting for equality. Born in 1820 to a father who was an abolitionist, who cared deeply for social reform and who encouraged all of his seven children to be self supporting. Susan became active in social reform by her late teens when she collected anti-slavery petitions.
This was just the beginning of fighting against slavery, taking part in the underground railroad and fighting for equal rights for women, especially for the right to vote.
Susan dedicated herself fully to the causes, traveling around the U.S., around the world. And she would face backlash. In one speech in Syracuse shortly before the start of the Civil War, “rotten eggs were thrown, benches broken, and knives and pistols gleamed in every direction.”
But still she pushed on.
She didn’t get to live to see women vote. She passed away fourteen years before the amendment passed. Her work, her ability to organize and drive the movement however was instrumental in change taking place.
Today we celebrate her birthday, we celebrate Susan B. Anthony day, and we celebrate women’s suffrage in the U.S.