Anthony began her reform work in the 1850s while teaching school. Her first cause was to limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages (temperance); however, she soon broadened her work to include the abolition of slavery and women’s rights. She is best known for casting a vote in the 1872 U.S. Presidential election that was deemed illegal on account of her being a woman.

With Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony published a women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution; she also collaborated on The History of Woman Suffrage. Her network of women’s rights activists grew to include all of North America and many countries in Western Europe. Born in North Adams, MA, she lived her adult life in Rochester, NY.