Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was a 19th century social reformer. The daughter of Lucy Read and Daniel Anthony, she was born into a prosperous, hardworking family in North Adams, MA, and raised a Quaker. Before she completed her education to be a teacher, she had to leave school in 1838 when her father went bankrupt.1 Immediately, she began teaching in towns away from home and witnessed how girls and women experienced physical, emotional, and financial hardship that made them unequal to men.

For 50 years she campaigned for universal human rights—especially for African-Americans and women. She achieved fame as a public speaker, traveled widely, and organized many conventions. She kept close ties with her siblings and all three of her sisters joined her in casting an illegal vote in 1872. She alone was tried in court and fined $100. Her image is on the 1980 U.S. dollar.