Part 2 left off with Susan B. Anthony’s involvement as a temperance advocate.
Through much of her temperance work, Susan B. Anthony saw that women would not have an impact in any male-dominated committee unless they had the right to vote. She thought that this would be the only way for women to not only shed light on the present-day injustices towards women but also give them the ability to affect public affairs on a national level.
Anthony’s fight for women’s suffrage was a long one. It began in 1852 when she attended and participated in her very first woman’s rights convention until after her death in 1920 when the Thirteenth Amendment (the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) was passed, which gave all women who were American citizens the right to vote.
During her lifelong social justice crusades, Anthony never forgot the importance of the women’s right to vote movement and along with her many other battles continued to push forward to achieve suffrage for American women.
She also was a part of many significant movements that led up to women having the ability to vote. She was the co-founder of the American Equal Rights Association, where she continuously petitioned for a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. She also assisted the American Woman Suffrage Association in adopting a state-by-state woman’s voting strategy in 1869. She spoke at multiple women’s suffrage tours in the western portion of the United States, raising a tremendous amount of awareness toward the cause.
Across 26 states, Anthony successfully gathered roughly 10,000 petitions from women & children for women’s suffrage. She also was a part in publishing the primary text, called The History of Woman Suffrage. In 1887, she became the vice-president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), an amalgamation of two popular women’s suffrage groups. Then, in 1892, she became the president of the NAWSA, and in 1906 became honorary president of the Carrie Chapman Catt’s International Woman Suffrage Alliance.
To be continued in installment 4.