It is difficult to summarize the life of Susan B Anthony, her passion for the rights of all Americans, and specifically how tirelessly she worked as a suffragist for women’s right to vote. Therefore, we encourage you to visit her home in Rochester, historic landmarks in Seneca Falls, and her final resting place in Mount Hope Cemetery to dive deeper into her remarkable life.
Susan Brownell 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.
Miss Anthony’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 male 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.
Down the street in the square is a sculpture of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass having tea, no doubt discussing how to right so many wrongs. Or sharing a birthday celebration together–Douglass has chosen February 14 as his birthday, and Anthony February 15. She and Douglass shared a lifelong friendship and partnership in the fight for equal rights.
Borrow a VIP Pass from the library for discounted admission to the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House! Two complementary admissions with pass. Not valid for programs or special events.
More Places in Rochester, NY
She led several other women to cast their votes in the presidential election near the current 1872 Café on Main St.
In 1900, she persuaded the University of Rochester to admit women. The Susan B. Anthony Center is named in her honor. Their mission: The Susan B. Anthony Center works to bring awareness to, and advocate for, social justice and equality. We work in collaboration with the University community and partner with a wide range of local, national, and international organizations to fulfill our goal of translating research into policy. We conduct this work in the spirit of Susan B. Anthony, who fought tirelessly throughout her life for the betterment of disenfranchised populations. For the past 60 years, the have held the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Awards.
Miss Anthony’s final resting place is in the “old north” section of Mount Hope Cemetery.
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 having died in 1906, yet it is commonly referred to as the Susan B Anthony Amendment.
Some interesting reads
- Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Women
- The Trial of Susan B. Anthony
- Douglass’s Rochester, and his close friendship with Miss Anthony.
- Miss Anthony Died This Morning, her obituary in the NY Times.
- Biography of Susan B. Anthony
- Bill Authorizing the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Statement on Signing S. 3036 Into Law