The Life of Susan B. Anthony

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For many years, women did not have the same rights or privileges as men. Today women have the right to vote, and have same basic rights as men. Susan B. Anthony is one of America's important civil rights leaders who fought for women's rights. She has paved the way of American life today, and changed our country dramatically. Because of her, both women and men have the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony has impacted our life today by showing us that we can be equal and women can have their rights.

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. She had eight brothers and sisters, and was the second of nine children. At three years old, Susan learned how to read and write. At six, she had moved to Battenville, New York. During this time she had to go to a district school. At the school, a teacher declined to teach Susan long division because she was female. Because of this problem, Daniel Anthony, Susan's father, decided to home school Susan and teach her himself.

In 1837, at the age of 17, Susan was sent to Deborah Moulin's Female Seminary, a Philadelphia boarding school. Her family moved to Hardscrabble, New York when she was 19 because of panic and economic depression. To pay off her father's debt, she left home to teach at Eunice Kenyon's Friends' Seminar, which was in New Rochelle. Her first job encouraged her to fight for equal wages as the male teachers, because they earned four times more than women did, although they did the same amount of work. At the age of 29, Susan stopped teaching and moved to Rochester, New York where their family farm was located. She volunteered in conventions and gatherings, such as the temperance movement.

Susan B. Anthony first attended a women's rights convention in 1852. She then attempted to bring together the African American and women's rights movements. Frederick Douglass, a friend of Susan's, were both on the counter sides of a debate on equal rights of blacks and women's right to suffrage for...
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