Monday, February 15, 2010

This Day in History 02.15.10

Born on this day in 1820, Susan B. Anthony is probably the most known leader in the fight for the women's vote.

Devoting her entire life to the cause, Anthony gave almost 100 speeches a year on the subject. In 1869, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she started the National Woman's Suffrage Association and was voted its Vice President.

In 1872, she was arrested for voting illegally. Read the spectacular speech she gave afterward here.

Between 1884 and 1887, she along with Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Ida Husted Harper, wrote The History of Woman Suffrage.

Anthony died in 1906 - 14 years before the passing of the 19 Amendment - at the age of 86.