As a child, Susan B. Anthony spent a couple of weeks working in her father’s factory and noted that one of the female workers did a better job than her male supervisor. When she asked her father about this, he remarked that it would never do to have a woman in authority over a man.

Later, as a teacher, she observed how the law failed to protect married women from physical abuse, financial hardship, and loss of custody over their own children. Working to help support her bankrupt family, Anthony resented that she made ¼ of a man’s salary for doing the same job. In addition, she worried that alcohol abuse often led to husbands beating their wives and sending their children out to work in dangerous conditions. All these experiences early in life convinced her to work for women’s rights.