Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to God: Susan. B. Anthony

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On November 5th, 1872, Susan. B. Anthony did something no women in the United States could legally do. She voted. Since it was illegal for women to vote, she was arrested for “purposely casting an illegal vote”. Anthony claimed that because of the 14th amendment allowed women to be citizens and as citizens, they were able to vote. Susan B. Anthony was not allowed to testify for herself because she was a woman, found guilty by the all men jury, denied the request to poll the jury as well as the right for a new trail, and when the judge asked "Has the prisoner anything to say why sentence should not be pronounced?", she was denied the right to speak. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100, but she refused to pay saying “I will never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty… Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God”. (Facts on File) During the 1800’s, there were many activist movements going on in the fields of temperance, abolitionist, prison, and asylum reform. These inspired the women’s rights movement and leading the way for women's rights was Susan B. Anthony. Women in the 1800’s were treated poorly and had few rights. A woman was expected to remain in their sphere which was at home taking care of their families. At work, women were discriminated against and paid less than men for the same work. After marriage, women were not allowed to keep property they had once owned. Susan B. Anthony fought her entire life for women’s rights with determination for over 50 years giving everything she got to women as Susan B. Anthony once said
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the wor...

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...lowed to be in worker unions. Susan B. Anthony encouraged women to for their own unions and also, fight for women's voting rights. (Susan B. Anthony Museum and House)
Being active in temperance, education, and abolitionist movements Women in the 1800’s and early 1900’s could NOT vote. Susan B. Anthony believe that the only way for women to gain rights and get what they want was if they had a voice in the government. Susan B. Anthony published her newspaper The Revolution with the moto “Men, their rights, and nothing more; Women, their rights, and nothing less”. The two women suffrage groups combined to form National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) with Stanton as the president and Anthony as the vice. They went around to different states campaigning, gathering signatures for the petition, and arguing that the constitution did not forbid women to vote.

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