Susan B Anthony Was Foundational Term Paper

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Anthony was at the source of the conflict and moved the struggle forward, despite its uphill battle. Anthony had her hand in works associated with women's labor organizations. She had her hand in the struggle associated with attempting to gain suffrage for women in the individual states and most importantly she was a fundamental speaker for the cause. Though she often spoke second fiddle to others she had much to say about the situation at hand, a situation she knew well, as she had chosen early on to remain unmarried, possibly at the urging of the examples she had seen within the other members of the movement. Stanton is infamous for her personal struggles as a wife and her position as chattel to a large and seemingly unthankful family.

Their different outlooks were framed in part by the difference in their marital status. In the 1850s, Cady Stanton was struggling in a marriage in which she sometimes felt like a 'caged lioness,' while Anthony was trying to find a way to live her singleness in a public, political life without being drawn into the dependency of the traditional 'old maid's role. Because of their different life situations, when these two women combined, they gave force to their convictions beyond what either could have exerted alone.

Collectively the struggles each women faced, on both sides of the possible positions for women combined to create a more holistic reality of the lives of women in their time. Stanton faced the challenges of a marriage that left her a legal subject of her husband while Anthony faced single hood in a society where such was not acceptable for a women of polite society.

Anthony was an ardent abolitionist as well and during ht early days of the Lincoln administration, despite the urgings of the nation to set aside such issues as, women's suffrage and stop speaking against slavery to protect the fragile the union of the Untied States she was among a prominent group of women who embarked on a speaking tour speaking out for women and abolition of slavery.

In Syracuse the hall was invaded by a crowd of men brandishing knives an pistols. All ladies were escorted out of the hall except Miss Anthony who stood her ground until the mob surged onto the platform around her, while the chief of police refused to lift a finger in her defense. In Albany Mayor Thatcher was of a different strife. He personally escorted the party of speakers to the hall and sat on the platform with a loaded pistol in his lap throughout the proceedings.

Anthony held a significant role in the movement and she was one of the main members of the movement to her death. She took the place of her dear friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, when she resigned from the presidency of the National America Women's Suffrage Association, but only after many years of choosing Stanton over herself for leadership roles.

Anthony elevated Cady Stanton over herself in one area: with each new organization she founded, from the Woman's State Temperance Society in 1853, to the Woman's National Loyal League in 1862, to NWSA in 1866, to the International Council of Women in 1888, to NAWSA in 1890, she always nominated Cady Stanton for president...For five decades, Anthony accepted positions in her organizations as vice- president or secretary when Cady Stanton's continued presidency was secured. She herself accepted the presidency of NAWSA only after Cady Stanton's full, permanent retirement from public work.

Susan B. Anthony was in many ways the mother of the women's rights movement and though she did not live to see universal suffrage in the United States, her work was crucial to the voice for change, not only the vote but also the view of women in the world. The voices of herself and her colleagues changed the way that people thought of women. Though in their real lives people knew better the prevailing theme of women as subordinate, due to inferiority, was forever disproved by Anthony.


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