Susan Brownell Anthony was born in 1820, an American social reformer and feminist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. From a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. She too co-founded the American Equal Rights Association; unfortunately she did not live long enough to see women avail of the right to vote.
The birthplace of Susan B Anthony in Massachusetts / photograph source
Anthony traveled extensively in support of women’s suffrage, giving as many as 75 to 100 speeches per year and working on many state campaigns. She worked internationally for women’s rights, playing a key role in creating the International Council of Women, which is still active. She also helped to bring about the World’s Congress of Representative Women at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
Susan B Anthony pageant in 1914 / photograph source
When she first began campaigning for women’s rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime, however. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in the White House at the invitation of President William McKinley. She became the first nonfictitious woman to be depicted on U.S. coinage when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.
A one dollar coin depicting Susan B Anthony in 1979 / photograph source
Anthony, who never married, was aggressive and compassionate by nature. She had a keen mind and a great ability to inspire. She remained active until her death on March 13, 1906.
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform.
- Susan B Anthony
Susan B Anthony in 1900 / photograph source
What you will see below is a complete reworking by My Colorful Past of Anthony’s portrait taken in Vermont during a visit in 1850.