February 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony – a brave advocate and spokesperson who fought for justice, equality and women’s suffrage.  Born in Adams, Massachusetts on this date in 1820, Ms. Anthony was raised in a Quaker family which helped instill her early sense of justice and moral zeal.

As she matured, she became active in the temperance movement, (even though, as a woman she was not allowed to speak at temperance rallies!) the slavery abolition movement and an outspoken advocate for a woman’s right to own her own property and retain her own earnings.  After meeting fellow advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ms. Anthony dedicated her life’s work to the woman’s suffrage movement.

To learn more about this amazingly courageous  human being, check out these and other library resources:

The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History by Hale

The Susan B. Anthony You Never Knew by Collier

Susan B. Anthony: A Life of Fairness by Boothroyd

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Fighting Together for Women’s Rights by Mattern 

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

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