Portrait by Frances Benjamin Johnston (ca. 1990)
Quotes of the Day for 15 February 2012 – Susan B. Anthony
Susan Brownell Anthony was born at West Grove, Adams, Massachusetts on this day in 1820. She learned to read and write at age three, at six she briefly attended public school but was withdrawn when the teacher refused to teach her long division because of her sex. She was active in temperance and anti-slavery movements. In 1851 she met the leaders of the nascent women's rights movement, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Amelia Bloomer. Anthony and Stanton formed the first women's temperance society when they had been denied admission to a temperance convention because of their sex. In 1872 Anthony voted (a straight Republican ticket, she declared) in the November election, two weeks later she was arrested for this crime; her eloquent statements during her trial were widely publicized and though she was found guilty the government was, apparently, too embarrassed to ever enforce collection.
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It was we, the people, not we, the white male citizens, nor yet we, the male citizens, but we, the whole people, who formed this Union.
I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women.
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.
Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.
This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses.
All from Susan B. Anthony, 1820 - 1906
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