Susan B. Anthony, aged 50 Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) was an American social reformer who played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement (the campaign to win the right to vote) in the USA during the 19th century. She was also a leading activist in the anti-slavery campaign and the temperance movement, which aimed to limit or stop the production and sale of alcohol. Although Susan Anthony did not live to see universal women’s suffrage in the USA, which was finally won in 1920, her work was instrumental to ensuring the movement's eventual success.
Susan Brownell Anthony was born on 15th February 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts, into a Quaker family (the Quakers were a Christian group that emphasized the importance of a direct and personal relationship with God). From an early age, Susan was involved in social reform. In the 1840s the Anthony family became involved in the fight to end slavery, and the family home, now relocated to Rochester, New York, became a meeting place for abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass. As Quakers, the Anthonys also supported the temperance movement. Susan became particularly concerned with the effects of drunkenness on families, when husbands were abusive to their wives and children.
Susan B. Anthony became the first (not fictional) woman to be depicted on US currency. Her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.
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