Susan Brownell Anthony was a notorious American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.
Anthony was also involved in the temperance movement that aimed to stop the production (and sale) of alcohol. When she wanted to speak at one of the conventions, she was denied the chance solely because she was a woman. In that moment, Anthony realized that she had to do something about it or women don’t stand a chance to be taken seriously when it comes to politics. So she fought for the women’s right to vote.
Susan B. Anthony tirelessly gave speeches around the country, supporting women’s suffrage. She even voted illegally in the presidential election, which got her arrested and fined $100, a fine she never paid but rather chose to give the money away instead.
Moreover, she played a crucial role in the fight to end slavery, opening up her home to abolitionists, who made Susan B. Anthony’s home a regular meeting place.
Here are 16 Susan B. Anthony quotes to make you treasure your independence.
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.
The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.
Our Job is not to make young women grateful. It is to make the ungrateful so they keep going. Gratitude never radicalized anybody.
There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth.
Independence is happiness.
No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.
Failure is impossible.
I don’t want to die as long as I can work; the minute I cannot, I want to go.
To think, I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel.
Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work.
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.
Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.
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