Susan B. Anthony: The Forgotten History of the Woman Who Inspired the 19th Amendment


Today, 15 February 2021, marks the 201st birthday of Susan B. Anthony.

Susan B Anthony was a lot of things. She was a teacher, a headmistress, a woman’s rights activist but most of all she was a person who devoted her life to creating change. A woman who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she believed in, regardless of the consequence. A woman who spoke her mind, even when everyone around her disagreed.

Despite her hard life as a small-town teacher, and despite the fact that she was paid 75% less than male teachers, she persevered and went on the become one of the most influential women of the 1800’s. She was the first woman who voted in the US, and ultimately spent her life petitioning for the rights of slaves and women across America.

Even though she didn’t live to see it, Anthony was instrumental in the groundwork of the suffrage movement and its success. The 19th Amendment, which boasts her name as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, adopted in 1920, gave every adult American woman the right to cast her vote.

You can read a very interesting article on Susan B. Anthony here: and w4mp thanks for getting in touch to bring it to our attention.

Susan B. Anthony’s 1872 speech ‘On Women’s Right to Vote’ has previously been cited by w4mp as a great speech in our guide to Writing a Speech and you can read it in full here: