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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts. Her family was involved in social reform movements and Quakerism, which influenced her activism later in life. She worked as the headmistress of the Canajoharie Academy in 1846 until its closure in 1849, then worked on her family farm for a few years before dedicating her life to social reform. She met Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1851 and they became partners as well as activists for women's rights, including suffrage, and the abolition of slavery. They co-founded several influential groups, including the Women's Loyal National League, the American Equal Rights Association, and the National Woman Suffrage Association. They also published The Revolution, a women's rights newspaper, and the multi-volume The History of Woman Suffrage. Anthony unsuccessfully sued the government for refusing her the right to vote in the 1872 case United States v. Susan B. Anthony, and took her activism internationally in the 1880s, participating in the International Council of Women, the World's Congress of Representative Women, and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. She died in Rochester, New York, on March 13, 1906. For more about Anthony’s life and relationship with Stanton, visit Profiles of Ten LGBT Activists for Social Justice, 2013/2017, by Rich Wilson.