The suffragist Susan B. Anthony would be 201 today.
Feb 15, 1820 to March 13, 1906, Adams, Massachusetts
Although suffragist Susan B. Anthony didn’t live to see the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, she a leading force in the fight for women’s voting rights. From a family of ardent social reformers who worked on anti-slavery and the temperance movements, she dedicated her life to women’s suffrage.While their efforts on behalf of women’s voting rights were largely peaceful, Susan B. Anthony was not above actively forcing the issue. In spite of not yet having won the right to vote, in 1872, Anthony and 14 other Rochester (NY) women voted in the presidential election.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony Arrested!
Susan B. Anthony was arrested on November 18, 1872. Her trial for violating the state laws of New York, which only allowed men to vote, began in June of the following year in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Northern District—Justice Ward Hunt presiding.
At her trial, Anthony gave an impassioned speech (ignoring Justice Hunt when he told her to stop talking). She said, “You have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored.”
Although Anthony was found guilty and fined $100, she refused to pay what she called “your unjust penalty.” And even though she never paid the fine, the court neglected to jail her. To do so would have given her the right to escalate the case to the Supreme Court. (And we certainly couldn’t have that!)
In 1878, Stanton and Anthony officially presented Congress with an amendment calling to give women the right to vote. At the time, it was known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Ultimately, at the time of its passage, it became the 19thAmendment to the Constitution.
Although she did not live long enough to see the Amendment passed, on its 100th anniversary in 2020, President Trump used the occasion to pardon Anthony for voting back in 1872.
Celebrating We Can Do It! Women
In honor of women, we created our We Can Do It! figures. Every ornament, keychain, sachet, t-shirt begins with a careful eye for research. Then we commission original designs and hand craft the figures…with just a little help from Kendra’s sewing machine. Our We Can Do It! Women are inspirational to everyone who strives to achieve. They’re a great teaching tool too. A booklet about the life and accomplishments of our We Can Do It! woman is included with every item.
Happy birthday, Susan B. Anthony!