It is difficult to summarize the life of Susan B. Anthony, her passion for the rights of all Americans, and specifically how she worked tirelessly as a suffragist for women’s right to vote. I will leave that to you to get out there and immerse yourself in her story.
Susan B. Anthony’s home in the City of Rochester
At the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, you can immerse yourself in the details of her personal history. Her childhood home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Susan’s passion for securing women’s right to vote started with her work as an agent of the anti-slavery movement, actively campaigning and influencing the 13th (abolished slavery), 14th (citizenship), and 15th (rights of all citizens to vote) Amendments to the United States Constitution. Ultimately she fought for equal rights for all Americans, though she felt strongly that women needed the vote if they were to influence public affairs.
Outside in the center of the green square is a sculpture of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass having tea, no doubt discussing how to right so many wrongs.
- Cost: Admission Fee
- Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)
- More information: susanbanthonyhouse.org
Other places of interest in Rochester include Miss Anthony’s final resting place in the “old north” section of Mt Hope Cemetery, close to Frederick Douglass. She and her posse cast their 1st illegal votes near the current 1872 Cafe on Main St.
Seneca Falls, NY
The history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement has points of interest throughout Western New York, including the Women’s Rights National Historic Park and National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. Susan B. Anthony served as vice-president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and as president when Elizabeth Cady Stanton retired. It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was passed and women won the right to vote. Susan was not alive to see that day; she died in 1906.
Here is a great article by Smithsonian Magazine if you’d like to explore more: Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Women.
Another excellent article about the life of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY, and his close friendship with Ms. Anthony.