Another advocate for all and a suffragist, Susan B. Anthony probably wouldn’t have considered herself a “conservative” at the time, but her consistency and her advocacy for true equality sets an important precedent for conservative values, and her awesome work helped gain women their right to vote! I am so thankful for women like Susan B. Anthony. And, again, this suffragette fought for women’s rights, but she was also very pro-life! Who was Susan B. Anthony? Let’s talk!
After reading this article by Kay C. James that expresses the lack of conservative women in Women’s History Month, I was inspired to create my own list! And of course, ever inspired by Mallory and listening to the ‘Those Other Girls’ Podcast, the name ‘Those Other Women’s History Month’ came to me! Excited to partner with TOG on this awesome profile series on inspirational conservative women!
Susan B. Anthony
"There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers." -Susan B. Anthony
Born in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was a trailblazer in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She is best known for her important work to help earn women the right to vote in America!
Similarly to Alice Paul, Anthony also grew up as a Quaker, and her education began quite early. Throughout her youth, she met many abolitionists that inspired her fight for equality such as Frederick Douglass, Wendell Phillips, and William Lloyd Garrison. Anthony eventually worked as a chief New York agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Eventually, she helped form the Women’s National Loyal League. Later, she became the publisher of The Revolution, and she founded the American Equal Rights Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Her life was full of protests and speeches; Anthony worked incredibly hard to secure these rights for ALL. She was active in the abolition movement, and she was also pro-life. On abortion, Anthony writes,
“Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death.”
We come to 1872, and Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting. This moment brought light to the women’s suffrage movement nationally. After that, she helped merge and run the National American Women’s Suffrage Association until her passing in 1906.
Though Susan B. Anthony never got to see the day the Nineteenth Amendment passed, her work was undoubtedly one of the main driving forces for it. Anthony lives on as a fearless leader who, as women, we should all take a moment to appreciate. Here’s to a true pioneer in women’s rights, one who stood for all.
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony