Susan B. Anthony Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Casey Krone
Susan B. Anthony was a woman who lived in the 1800s who believed that women and men should have equal rights - something that they didn't have in her day. Learn about Susan's life, her work on women's rights, and how she influenced the civil rights movement.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was born in 1820 in Massachusetts into a Quaker family. Quakers are a religious group that are known for being opposed to slavery and believe in equal rights for all people.

Growing up in a Quaker family helped form some of Susan's beliefs about the way people should be treated, especially women. When she was still a child, her family moved to New York where she and her six siblings were home-schooled. At just 17 years old, she began teaching to help make money for her family.

Susan's Life and Work

While she was teaching, Susan became involved in civil rights as an activist when she learned that she was being paid much less than men. Civil rights are political, social, and legal freedoms granted to citizens of a country, especially the United States. This means that no matter a person's skin color, gender, age, ability, or religion, we all have the same opportunities available to us.

Susan B. Anthony didn't think that it was right that women were being paid so little compared to men, and she decided to try to fight for women's rights. She began to try to convince the government to make laws that would give women the same rights as men, including the right to vote. Susan started traveling around the country to speak about women's rights. While she was traveling, she met another suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 'Suffragist' is a term used to describe people who fought for the right to vote for groups who couldn't - like women.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Together, Susan and Elizabeth started a newspaper called The Revolution just so they could get their voices heard. They also worked together to establish The National Women's Suffrage Association in 1869. This group also fought for equal rights for women.

An issue of the newspaper published by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
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