Pioneering Women and Early Government Leaders

Susan B. Anthony

refer to caption
The 3-cent Susan B. Anthony stamp was issued on August 26, 1936.
50-cent Susan B. Anthony stamp
The U.S. Post Office issued the 50-cent Susan B. Anthony stamp in 1955, the 50th anniversary of the day Anthony met President Theodore Roosevelt to speak of submitting a suffrage amendment to Congress.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was a key player in the Women’s Rights Movement. Her 50-year collaboration with Elizabeth Cady Stanton helped advance rights for all women. Susan began her work with the Daughters of Temperance in 1849, having witnessed the abuse suffered by women and children from alcoholic men. She helped found the Woman’s State Temperance Society of New York and the National Woman Suffrage Association. Anthony appeared before every Congress between 1869 and 1906, and petitioned for a constitutional amendment to allow women the same rights as men. She continued to fight for her beliefs, leading women to the polls, being arrested, and continuing to speak out before her trial. Although she never lived to see the 19th Amendment pass in 1920, Susan’s dedicated work for gender equality helped make her dream possible.