Susan B. Anthony Essay

2417 words - 10 pages

The word feminist can be though of in many ways. Some people can hear the
word in a positive way, and think of it as a woman standing up for her gender’s rights. Other people can think of it in a negative way, as a woman who is too high strung and opinionated. The word feminist is actually a female who has opinions on the way her sex is treated. Modern feminism will be discussed, along with using some examples such as Susan B. Anthony.

     As to the history of feminism, the beginning will be with what is called the “Feminist Revolution” (Rappaport 28). This revolution began in 1837 in New York. Women banded together for the first time at an anti-slavery convention. These women were considered “abolitionists” after being humiliated at a conference in Britain for being unladylike. Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. This conference demanded woman suffrage, equality for wives, and the right to practice any profession they chose. Some feminists include Elizabeth Blackwell, Sojourner Truth, Emma Willard, Frances Wright, Mrs. Stanton, Ms. Mott, Mrs. Adams, and Susan B. Anthony.

     A brief moment should be spent on a few of the notable women. It started with Emma Willard; she opened up the door for girls to get the same education as boys. She opened schools for females only. Following her is Elizabeth Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell pushed open the doors for women to be professionals. She became the first woman doctor to earn her MD in 1849 (Archer 47). Francis Wright was a Scottish-American reformer who advocated equal education for women. She once stated, “Unless women assume the place in society which good sense and good feeling alike assign to them, human improvement must advance feebly.” Her words gave influence to women to earn their first college education.

     Other than Ms. Anthony there are three very notable women: Mrs. Elizabeth Cody Stanton, Mrs. Sojourner Truth, and Mrs. John Adams. The three ladies advanced the movement so far that, without them, women would not be anywhere near the liberty of today. Mrs. Stanton began the revolution of women; and also started the Women’s Rights Conventions. It was at one of these conventions in 1851 that a freed black female slave named Sojourner Truth spoke. It was probably the most famous speech ever remembered at these conventions. It was called “Ain’t I A Woman” (Linthwaite 673). The other most remembered statement made by a lady was by Mrs. Abigail Adams, in March of 1776 (Weisberg, preface). Her statement was in a letter to her husband about writing the Constitution. John Adams was then a delegate to the Continental Congress. Abigail Adams’ statement was as follows:

     “Remember the ladies. Be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such limited power in the hands of the husbands. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to...

Find Another Essay On Susan B. Anthony

Speech: Susan B. Anthony

1230 words - 5 pages In the year 1873, a speech was given which would change America and women’s rights forever. For one of the first times in history, a woman is the one standing up for political and social issues during the mid-1800’s. Susan B. Anthony was 52 years old when she was fined $100 for casting an illegal ballot during an 1872 presidential election which in turn Anthony refused to pay the fine and fought for the rights of women. Her persistence and

The Life of Susan B. Anthony

756 words - 4 pages Susan B. Anthony has gone through many rough times and had to go through many obstacles. She has had many ideas to try and get women equal rights. Susan, I believe, is an amazing person to accomplish what she did. This is the reason she should be in the History Hall of Fame. Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 ( She studied at a Quaker school near Philadelphia and found work as a teacher ( The article “Susan B

A Biography about Susan B. Anthony

2043 words - 8 pages IntroductionSusan Brownell Anthony is the topic of my paper. In the first half of the paper you will learn a little bit of background about her. You will learn about the influences that Susan's parents had on her. Also you will learn about Susan's childhood, and you will have some insight to her education. I am also going to talk about Susan B. Anthony's job as a teacher. You will see some of the struggles that Susan fought against. You

A look into susan B anthony

713 words - 3 pages Never got to see women get rights to vote. But got to see the effect of her protests, speeches, and articles all the way to her death. Susan B. Anthony was a lady who was influenced by her Quaker family. She made many accomplishments even though it didn’t come in the form of a medal. She made history without fighting, medals, or money. Just her dedication to help women and slaves. Susan B. Anthony was born on February15

Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to God: Susan. B. Anthony

1639 words - 7 pages On November 5th, 1872, Susan. B. Anthony did something no women in the United States could legally do. She voted. Since it was illegal for women to vote, she was arrested for “purposely casting an illegal vote”. Anthony claimed that because of the 14th amendment allowed women to be citizens and as citizens, they were able to vote. Susan B. Anthony was not allowed to testify for herself because she was a woman, found guilty by the all men jury

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Women's Rights

1883 words - 8 pages Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Women's Rights Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met in March 1851, the two women not only developed a deep friendship but also helped each other prepare to change women's rights forever. Together they formed one of the most productive working partnerships in U.S. history. As uncompromising women's rights leaders, they revolutionized the political and social condition for women in

Susan B. Anthony and The Women Suffrage Movement

1009 words - 4 pages Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) is considered one of the most influential figure in the women’s suffragist of her generation and has become an icon of the woman’s suffrage movement. Anthony is known to travel the country to give speeches, circulate petitions, and organize local women’s rights organization. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. After the Anthony family moved to Rochester, New York in 1845, they became active in the antislavery

Women Activists

1126 words - 5 pages Adams, Massachusetts (“Susan B. Anthony”). Susan B. Anthony was a great woman who was determined to change women’s rights. For example, there is a quote that states, “Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to the cause, the woman Suffrage Movement” (qtd. in “Susan Brownell Anthony”). Through Susan’s life she had many major accomplishments toward women’s rights. In 1869 with a life-long friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, they founded the Nation Woman’s

Women's Rights

1369 words - 6 pages Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth C. Stanton met through their mutual friend Amelia Bloomer in 1851 at national women’s rights convention in worcester, Massachusetts. In her book, Twelve American Women, Anticaglia states, “ The relationship which resulted was more than a partnership and more than a friendship; it helped two capable people accomplish extraordinary feats.” It was a follow up convention from 1848 Seneca Falls Convention which Stanton

Susan B Anthony's Life and Accomplishments

1566 words - 6 pages Achieving equality between men and women was a long and arduous task. In the 19th century, an organized women’s rights movement began in the United States. Perhaps its most famous leader was Susan B. Anthony, a champion of women’s rights until her death in 1906. Susan B. Anthony’s work established and inspired the institution of many women’s rights, and she remains one of the most influential women in history. Anthony was born in 1820, in

Civil Rights Leaders: Martin Luther King Jr.

2277 words - 9 pages result of this inequitable law, courageous people, like Martin Luther King Jr., became civil rights leaders that would change the view of racism all over America. Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, and Malcolm X have all created an impact on the way racism has changed throughout time. Unlike any other civil rights leaders, these four have, until this day, been remembered for their effort to change this prejudiced society into a more peaceful and free

Similar Essays

Susan B. Anthony Essay

542 words - 2 pages Susan B. Anthony Susan Brownell Anthony was a magnificent women who devoted most of her life to gain the right for women to vote. She traveled the United States by stage coach, wagon, and train giving many speeches, up to 75 to 100 a year, for 45 years. She went as far as writing a newspaper, the Revolution, and casting a ballot, despite it being illegal. Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts

Susan B. Anthony Essay

1148 words - 5 pages “Independence is happiness.” A large supporter of women’s rights and one of the reasons women have many rights today; Susan B. Anthony was born in February 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts into a family of Quakers where women were considered equal to men. As a young woman she had been a teacher until she became involved in the temperance movement, from that time on she worked for women’s rights after she realized women were not really treated

Susan B. Anthony Essay

1348 words - 5 pages Susan B. Anthony On February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts, a woman by the name of Susan Brownell Anthony was born to parents Daniel and Lucy (Read) Anthony. She was the second born of a strongly rooted Quaker family of eight (Hist.Bio.-1). Because they lived in a Quaker neighborhood, Susan was not heavily exposed to slavery. The family made anti-slavery talks an almost daily conversation over the dinner table. She also saw men and

Susan B. Anthony Essay

626 words - 3 pages "Woman has shown equal devotion with man to the cause of freedom and has stood firmly by his side in its defense. Together they have made this country what it is. . . We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political rights that belong to the citizens of the United State be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever"-Susan B. Anthony. 1876Susan B. Anthony broke the barriers of equality in her confidence to step forward and