English 1 AS 5°
November 1, 2014
Failure is Impossible
On February 15, 1906, Susan B. Anthony celebrated her eighty-sixth birthday in Washington D.C.. Even on her birthday, the suffragist was still working hard for her cause: women’s rights. When President Roosevelt offered his congratulations, Anthony showed her undying dedication to women 's rights when she responded by saying, "I would rather have him say a word to Congress for the cause than to praise me endlessly." Then, she spoke some of the last words that she would ever say to a public audience, "failure is impossible." Susan B. Anthony was a determined, hardworking, and inspiring woman who fought for women 's suffrage and rights.
For decades, the rights and expectations of women in America were extremely limited and restricted. Women have almost always been considered the weaker, more delicate, and less intelligent gender, especially in America during the 1800s. Women were encouraged not to pursue higher education, stay at home, and become good wives and mothers (Women’s History in America). In almost all of America during the 19th century, women were not allowed to vote, hold office, sue or be sued, or create a contract. Married women could not own their own property or money, and they did not even have custody of their own children (Women’s Rights). The Women’s Rights Movement has been mentioned in America since before the country has been created. Abigail Adams famously warned her husband to “remember the ladies” or “[they] are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold [themselves] bound by any Laws in which [they] have no voice, or Representation” (Weisberg 7). Her words about the women having no voice is shown in the determinatio...
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...sberg 19) Anthony was so influential and important in the suffrage movement that some people even thought that the suffrage movement might disappear after her passing.
Even after her death, Anthony still inspired others and was respected in many ways. 14 years after her death, Anthony was honored when the 19th Amendment, allowing women’s suffrage, was named the Susan B.Anthony Amendment. From 1979-1981, the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was minted (Weisburg 105). The amount of respect and gratitude that the United States has for this woman is demonstrated by the minting of the one dollar coin with her likeness. Susan B. Anthony’s efforts still live on today and into the future. Susan B. Anthony was correct. Failure is impossible. Women, especially Anthony, have demonstrated that they have always deserved the rights and representation they have today.
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