Susan B. Anthony

Susan B Anthony
Blessed with an industrious and self-disciplined spirit, Susan B. Anthony persevered through the prejudice and culture of her time to emerge as the architect of a movement which secured the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Her belief that U.S. citizenry entitled everyone to the same rights under the constitution formed her platform for lifelong activism.

Social issues Susan B. Anthony addressed:

  • Voting rights, labor rights and reform for women
  • Abolishment of slavery
  • Educational reform

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Voting – Only 64 percent of voting-age citizens voted in the 2008 presidential elections. Among the citizen population, approximately 73 percent of women and 69 percent of men were registered to vote in the 2008 presidential election. Source
  • Education – 41 percent of fourth-grade boys and 35 percent of fourth-grade girls read below the basic level -- in low-income neighborhoods it is nearly 70 percent – lack of books affects literacy. Source
  • Drop-Out Rates – High school dropout rates by ethnicity, ages 16-24 (2008): Hispanic 18.3 percent, American Indian/Alaska Native 14.6 percent, Black 9.9 percent, White 4.8 percent, Asian/Pacific Islander 4.4 percent. Source