Susan Brownell Anthony was born to a Quaker family that influenced her greatly because of the Quaker beliefs which they embraced. The Quakers preached simple living, brotherly peace and love, encouraged education and hard work for all of its members, whether they were male or female. The Quakers were against slavery and were not allowed to hold slaves. They were great advocates of temperance, which opposed the consumption of alcohol. They also believed that women had the right to be heard in good causes, even in public.
Susan B. Anthony spent nearly sixty years of her life devoted to the cause of social justice and equality for all. Her major contributions were focused on women's rights, particularly the right to vote. She devoted her life to overcoming the United State's resistance to women's suffrage. Her primary achievement lay in her inspiration and influence of thousands of people promoting the right for women to vote, which led to the adoption of the 19th Amendment.
Two such social causes that Susan felt strongly about were the temperance movement and anti-slavery movement. Susan B. Anthony strongly opposed the use of liquor. From 1848 to 1853 she took part in the temperance movement, joining the Daughters of Temperance. It was at one such convention that Susan realized her desire to fight for women's rights. She was told that she could not participate in the convention because she was a woman. This began her dedicated service to the cause of women's suffrage for the rest of her life. Susan was also a radical reformer, and advocated the immediate end of slavery. From 1856 to 1861 she worked for the American Anti-Slavery Society. With this organization, she arranged meetings and gave numerous lectures advocating equal rights of all humans. During the Civil War in 1863, Susan founded the Women's Loyal League in order to formally fight for the emancipation of the slaves.
From 1854 to 1860 Susan and Elizabeth Stanton...