Susan B. Anthony (seated at center) met with Western suffragists, including Utahns Martha Hughes Cannon (standing, far left), Electa Bullock (seated, far left), Sarah M. Kimball (standing directly behind Anthony), Emmeline B. Wells (standing to Anthony’s left) and Zina D. H. Young, (seated directly left of Wells), at the 1895 Rocky Mountain woman suffrage convention in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy of Utah State Historical Society

Happy Women’s History Month!

Susan B. Anthony is the most well-known suffragist in history. She, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton traveled extensively to speak in favor of women’s suffrage (the right to vote). Together they co-founded the American Equal Rights Association, and “in 1868 they became editors of the Association’s newspaper, The Revolution, which helped to spread the ideas of equality and rights for women.”

She was a great friend of Emmaline B. Wells at a time when much of the country spurned Utah over the issue of religion. It was was with Anthony’s help that Utah’s voting rights for women were reinstated 17 years after being taken away.

In 1872, Anthony was arrested for voting. She was tried and fined $100 for her crime. But in the end, this helped her cause as it brought anger and attention to the suffrage movement.

Susan and her brothers and sisters were abolitionist activists, largely due to the influence of their mother and father (whose was friends with William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass).

Ms. Anthony worked with Harriet Tubman in the Underground Railroad; Tubman later joined Anthony in the women’s rights movement.

In 1876, she led a protest at the 1876 Centennial of our nation’s independence. Her speech—“Declaration of Rights”— was written by Stanton and another suffragist, Matilda Joslyn Gage, where she said:

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” -susan b. anthony

Courtesy of betterdays2020; illustration by Brook Smart

How can you not love Susan?!

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Sources: Utah Women’s History, womenshistory.org, betterdays2020, illustrator Brook Smart

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