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Susan B. Anthony 1820–1906
Worked for Equal Rights for Women

Susan B. Anthony lived when women did not have the same rights as men. For example, they could not vote in national elections. Anthony thought this was unfair. Her parents had raised her to believe men and women were equal. Equal means having the same rights.

Anthony worked to change laws in the United States so that women could have the same rights as men. Anthony made speeches about why women should be able to vote. She spoke to lawmakers. She traveled the country and spoke to citizens. Over time, many women joined the struggle. It took many years for people to listen to Susan B. Anthony. Finally, they did. In 1920, women gained the right to vote nationwide.

Comprehension Check

What right did Anthony work hard for?

Critical Thinking

Why did Anthony believe that voting was important?