Susan B. Anthony And The Women's Rights Movement

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For hundreds of years, the voices of American women have been suppressed by a male-dominated society. Without any representation in government, one entire half of the U.S. population was silenced. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the responsibility of women was believed to be in the home, raising the children and cleaning the house. It wasn’t until many strong, independent, and courageous women began to fight for their freedom and rights that this degrading and sexist view of women began to change. Susan B. Anthony is one of these influential women at the forefront of the revolution for women’s rights and equality. Anthony fought tirelessly for the inalienable rights of all oppressed people in American society. During a time of great inequality …show more content…
Anthony’s long lasting impact on American society has been made evident through her written works and numerous accomplishments in the women’s rights movement. Firstly, Anthony’s biggest impact on the movement for women’s equality was the founding of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in New York State. The main goal of this organization was to gain women’s suffrage throughout the United States. By establishing this association, Anthony created the means for women to gain the right to vote. Eventually, Anthony would go on to become the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) which unified all women’s rights activists under one organization. The NAWSA would pave the way for women’s equality and open opportunities for future generations to continue Anthony’s and others suffragists’ efforts (Women’s). Moreover, Anthony’s impact on American history is displayed through her writings and propaganda regarding women’s rights. One of Anthony’s most well-known works is her women’s rights newspaper titled The Revolution, which sought to educate the public about the challenges facing American women. As Anthony herself vehemently states, The Revolution’s purpose is, “To educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison, and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government” (Anthony, An …show more content…
Anthony’s numerous accomplishments in pioneering the women’s rights movements validate her worthiness of a place in the U.S. Hall of Fame. To sum up, she has spearheaded a nationwide movement that forever altered the course of American history. She retaliated against the unjust and unconstitutional laws that oppressed women, displaying tremendous courage and leadership. Additionally, Anthony fought for the rights of African Americans, defying all societal norms and facing great opposition. Through her sacrifices for the equality of all, her determination and benevolence is apparent. Lastly, Anthony’s influence and achievements in women’s rights have had long lasting impacts. She was able to open up many opportunities for modern and future generations of women. Ultimately, these efforts of Anthony granted women more freedom and equality. Without her sacrifices and accomplishment, the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment and influx of independent women in the 1920s and later would may have not occurred for many more years. Thus, Susan B. Anthony’s revolutionary work for the women’s rights movements and for equal rights in general should be recognized with a place in the U.S Hall of Fame. A vote for Susan B. Anthony for the U.S. Hall of Fame is a vote for all American women and their countless

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