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Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony!

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On this day in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was born.

Today marks the birthday of legendary women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906).  Along with friend and fellow activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony is best known for her fight for social reform, abolition, and women’s suffrage.  While she did not live to see the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, it is referred to as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment as a homage to her advocacy and life’s work.

In honor of this amazing woman’s birthday, here are some interesting facts.

  • While most popularly known as a women’s suffragist, Anthony was an abolitionist first. When she was 16, she started circulating anti-slavery petitions, and she even worked as an agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society.  However, like many other female abolitionists, she found that she was constantly looked down upon or ignored on the basis of her gender.  Fed up, she soon made women’s rights her primary focus.
  • As part of women’s suffrage strategy, Anthony and a group of 14 other women registered and submitted their votes in the presidential election of 1872. Twenty-three days after casting her vote, Anthony, the other women, and their registrars were arrested.  Anthony contended that women had a constitutional right to vote, but the court disagreed in the case of United States v. Susan B. Anthony.
  • In 1979, Susan B. Anthony became the first woman to be depicted on U.S. currency. While fictional women, such as Lady Liberty, had been on currency before, Anthony was the first individual woman to have her likeness depicted.  The Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was minted from 1979-1981.  The coin was reintroduced in 1999.
  • Anthony was also involved in the temperance movement that aimed to stop the production (and sale) of alcohol.

Some of her infamous quotes include:

  • “The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
  • “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
  • “Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”
  • Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember the life and legacy of Susan B. Anthony in honor of her birthday.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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