Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World - Ann Shen (2016)
Susan B. Anthony
Without Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), the United States might have become a very different place. This extraordinary woman made her living as a speaker at a time when women were not allowed to publicly speak on stage. In fact, her attempts to do so at several teachers’ conventions sparked debate among men that allowing a woman to speak in public would disrupt the very institution of marriage—a fear that Anthony found laughable. The issue of a woman’s speaking was more hotly debated than women’s suffrage, thus proving the power of a woman who speaks her mind.
Anthony was a leader in social reform, contributing significantly to both the abolitionist and the women’s rights movements. As a founder of the Women’s Loyal National League with her best friend and professional partner, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony organized a petition drive that brought in four hundred thousand signatures in support of the abolition of slavery—the largest petition drive of the time. She worked with Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad, and she was arrested for attempting to vote and later convicted in a widely publicized trial. Her organizational and speaking work both directly led to the passage of two U.S. Constitutional Amendments: the Thirteenth, abolishing slavery, and the Nineteenth, granting women the right to vote. She was also the first woman to appear on a U.S. coin—a one-dollar coin minted in 1979.