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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

Today is the 197th anniversary of the birth of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. She was born in Adams, MA and died in Rochester, NY in 1906.

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony voted in Rochester and was arrested for the crime of voting illegally in the presidential election (women were not granted the right to vote until 1920). She was convicted in a highly publicized trial, one in which the judge directed the jury to issue a guilty verdict. Anthony was ordered to pay a fine of $100, but she refused to do it. The Rochester authorities declined to take further action.

In 1878, Anthony and fellow activist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, arranged for California senator, Aaron A. Sargent, to present an amendment giving women the right to vote. Known as the Anthony Amendment it took 42 years (1920) before it was finally ratified as the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Read more about Anthony and Stanton's work for women's suffrage in Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by Geoffrey C. Ward [920 WAR].

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