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88 Inspiring Quotes by Susan B. Anthony

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony (born Susan Anthony; February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.

In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong friend and co-worker in social reform activities, primarily in the field of women's rights. In 1852, they founded the New York Women's State Temperance Society after Anthony was prevented from speaking at a temperance conference because she was female. In 1863, they founded the Women's Loyal National League, which conducted the largest petition drive in United States history up to that time, collecting nearly 400,000 signatures in support of the abolition of slavery. In 1866, they initiated the American Equal Rights Association, which campaigned for equal rights for both women and African Americans. In 1868, they began publishing a women's rights newspaper called The Revolution. In 1869, they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association as part of a split in the women's movement. In 1890, the split was formally healed when their organization merged with the rival American Woman Suffrage Association to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association, with Anthony as its key force. In 1876, Anthony and Stanton began working with Matilda Joslyn Gage on what eventually grew into the six-volume History of Woman Suffrage. The interests of Anthony and Stanton diverged somewhat in later years, but the two remained close friends.

In 1872, Anthony was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. Although she refused to pay the fine, the authorities declined to take further action. In 1878, Anthony and Stanton arranged for Congress to be presented with an amendment giving women the right to vote. Introduced by Sen. Aaron A. Sargent (R-CA), it later became known colloquially as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. It was eventually ratified as the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Anthony traveled extensively in support of women's suffrage, giving as many as 75 to 100 speeches per year and working on many state campaigns. She worked internationally for women's rights, playing a key role in creating the International Council of Women, which is still active. She also helped to bring about the World's Congress of Representative Women at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

When she first began campaigning for women's rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime, however. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in the White House at the invitation of President William McKinley. She became the first female citizen to be depicted on U.S. coinage when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.

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I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.

--Susan B. Anthony

Longer Version:

I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.




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Those of you who have the talent to do honor to poor womanhood, have all given yourself over to baby-making.

--Susan B. Anthony

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To be successful a person must attempt but one reform. By urging two, both are injured, as the average mind can grasp and assimilate but one idea at a time.

--Susan B. Anthony


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Every discrimination against women in the constitutions and laws of the several States is today null and void, precisely as in every one against Negroes.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it.

--Susan B. Anthony

Longer Version:

Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it. And the only possible way to accomplish this great change is to accord to women equal power in the making, shaping and controlling of the circumstances of life.



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Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform.

--Susan B. Anthony

Longer Version:

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 world's estimation.



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I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.

--Susan B. Anthony


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I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women.

--Susan B. Anthony




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There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth.

--Susan B. Anthony

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You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry.

--Susan B. Anthony

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White men have always controlled their wives' wages. Colored men were not able to do so until they themselves became free. Then they owned both their wives and their wages.

--Susan B. Anthony


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The work of woman is not to lessen the severity or the certainty of the penalty for the violation of the moral law, but to prevent this violation by the removal of the causes which lead to it.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.

--Susan B. Anthony

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The men and women of the North are slaveholders, those of the South slaveowners. The guilt rests on the North equally with the South.

--Susan B. Anthony

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The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any new law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities.

--Susan B. Anthony


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So long as State constitutions say that all may vote when twenty-one, save idiots, lunatics, convicts and women, you are brought down politically to the level of those others disfranchised.

--Susan B. Anthony


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For a people is only as great, as free, as lofty, as advanced as its women are free, noble and progressive.

--Susan B. Anthony



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No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.

--Susan B. Anthony

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If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.

--Susan B. Anthony

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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.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation.

--Susan B. Anthony


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Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.

--Susan B. Anthony

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She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Independent bread gives independent morals: -- while pecuniary dependence makes moral subserviency; -- So get money -- get wealth.

--Susan B. Anthony


Independence is happiness.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Mr. Douglass talks about the wrongs of the negro; but with all the outrages that he to-day suffers, he would not exchange his sexand take the place of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

--Susan B. Anthony




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I expect to do more work for woman suffrage in the next decade than ever before.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Every woman should have a purse of her own.

--Susan B. Anthony



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This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses.

--Susan B. Anthony

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For every betrayed woman, there is always the betrayer, man.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.

--Susan B. Anthony


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What you should do is to say to outsiders that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our association than an atheist.

--Susan B. Anthony


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There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Many abolitionists have yet to learn the ABC of woman's rights.

--Susan B. Anthony

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I don't want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go.

--Susan B. Anthony




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I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro, speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Woman must have a purse of her own, and how can this be so long as the law denies to the wife all right to both the individual and the joint earnings?

--Susan B. Anthony

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I have given my life and all I am to it, and now I want my last act to be to give it all I have, to the last cent.

--Susan B. Anthony

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It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. ... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.

--Susan B. Anthony


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No genuine equality, no real freedom, no true manhood or womanhood can exist on any foundation save that of pecuniary independence.

--Susan B. Anthony

Longer Version:

No genuine equality, no real freedom, no true manhood or womanhood can exist on any foundation save that of pecuniary independence. As a right over a man's subsistence is a power over his moral being, so a right over a woman's subsistence enslaves her will, degrades her pride and vitiates her whole moral nature.


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There never seems to be any difficulty in stretching the laws and the constitution to fit any kind of a political deal, but when it is proposed to make some concession to women they loom up like an unscalable wall.

--Susan B. Anthony


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No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.

--Susan B. Anthony


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We need a daily paper edited and composed according to woman's own thoughts, and not as woman thinks a man wants her to think and write.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Inconsistency is the jewel of the American people.

--Susan B. Anthony


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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.

--Susan B. Anthony



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Failure is impossible.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Whoever controls work and wages, controls morals.

--Susan B. Anthony

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No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex.

--Susan B. Anthony


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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.

--Susan B. Anthony


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Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.

--Susan B. Anthony

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There have been others also just as true and devoted to the cause -- I wish I could name every one -- but with such women consecratingtheir lives, failure is impossible!

--Susan B. Anthony


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Suffrage is the pivotal right.

--Susan B. Anthony

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The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.

--Susan B. Anthony

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