Susan Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s right activist who played a pivotal role in women’s suffrage movement. Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage.
She collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17 and later became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Anthony didn’t support the Fifteenth Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote. She was upset that the amendment didn't include women.
Anthony showed up at the polls to vote in the presidential election of 1872. Considering that women were barred from voting at the time, this was an act of civil disobedience and she was arrested.
Although her actions greatly influenced the suffrage movement, she never did have the chance to vote legally.
As an activist and suffragist, Anthony argued that women should be free to wear less restrictive clothes that the corsets and heavy underskirts. To prove her point, she wore trouser-like bloomers (named for Amelia Bloomer who advocated them) under their skirts.
She became the first American woman depicted on U.S. coinage.
“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” - Susan Anthony