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Susan B. Anthony

All about a fascinating activist: Susan B. Anthony

General Facts: Born: February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts, USDied: March 13, 1906 in Rochester, New York, US at the age of eighty-six. She was a: Women's right advocateAmerican Social Reformer and FeministAgent of the Anti-Slavery Society Civil Rights LeaderAn inspiring Hero to women and slaves all around the worldReligion: QuakerUnitarian

Her inspiring Life: Susan B. Anthony was born in a Quaker (name given for a member of the Religious Society of Friends). Susan viewed religion from many perspectives even though she was born into a Quaker family, later on when the Quaker broke up into Orthodox and Unitarian, Anthony's family chose Unitarian but Susan continued to identify herself as a Quaker. Susan worked as an insiring teacher before playing a dominant role in the women's suffrage movement, women's right adovacte and being an abotionist (a person who puts an end to practice or event), Susan's main concern was slavery. At the age of 17 she was signing petitions against anti-slavery. In the 1840's her family became involved in the abotionist movement. In 1856 she became an agent in the American Anti-Slavery association. In 1851, she met a women, who then became her friend and co-worker, Elizabeth Stanton. I believe that without her help and dedication, Anthony wouldn't be able to have these achievements. Elizabeth helped Susan mostly in the women's right section, as it was a very prominant concern in the 1800's. Inspired by her rejection to speak at the temperance conference because of her gender, Anthony decided she wanted to fight for women's right. Susan later on realized that people in the politics didn't take women seriously because they weren't aloud to vote. Their she was inspired to start her petition for women's voting rights. When she first began her campains for Women's right she was harshly ridiculed and insulted for ruining the institution of marriage. In 1852, Susan and Elizabeth, established the Women's New York State Temperance Society. In 1866, she helped establish the American Equal Rights Association. In 1872, she was arrested for voting illegally in the presidential election, and was fined $100 she never paid. Anthony never gave up on her efforts by giving nearly 75 to 100 speeches and signing many petitions to convice others to support women's voting rights. In the early 1800's she started writing and publised the History of Woman Suffrage and helped in writing her own story: The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony: A Story of the Evolution of the Stautus of Women. Together with Elizabeth they began publishing a weekly newspaper called The Revolution. Even in her last years, Susan never gave up on her fight for women's voting rights and suffrage. Finally people's perception of her changed as she was invited to the president's house for her 80th birthday and her face was on the dollar coin in 1979, making her the first women to be honoured. In 1906, she died at the age of 86 in her house in Rochester of heart failure and pneumonia. Shortly before her death, she told her friend, Anna Shaw "To think I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel". Anthony did not live to see the achievements of women's suffrage at the national level, but she must've been proud because women had achieved suffrage in many cities such as Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. It wasn't until 1920, 14 years after her death that the 19th Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution was established allowing adult women the right to vote. Despite all the events occured throughout Anthony's life; arrest, insults, ridicule e.t.c. She never gives up to prove that women are more than people made to serve men but we are created for ourselves to achieve hapiness around the world.

The 8 Beatitudes are blessings and promises of eternal hapiness. There are 8 Beatitudes that found in Mathew 5 (sermon on the mount). "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."(Mathew 5:8)This beatitude means that poeple might be persecuted for their acts of righteousness. Righteousness means acts that are upright, vituous, morally excellent. Righteousness at the time came verbally meaning poople were being mocked, fired, abused, bullied, laughed at, and even banished from a group for for the sake of righteousness. Example, Antonia Mesina, was a 16 year old girl who was struck repeatedly in the head with a rock by a 16 year old boy in an attempted rape. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for Righteousness,for they shall be satisfied." (Mathew 5:4)This beatitude means those who seek for morality for they shall be satisfied. People who work hard to make sure that everyone is treated justly. Example; a student stands up for an individual who is being bullied, teased, and make sure this never occurs again. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Mathew 5:6)This Beatiude represents those who immediately seek for the good in people. Those who are genuinely nice people, those who are unselfish, those who are forgiven because of their confessions of doing wrong. People who lead virtuous lives and surrender their hearts to Jesus. Example, a person completes a good act without expecting a something in return.

The Beatitudes that best exemplifies her:

Written by: Kimia Famil Dardeshti

Special actions done to exemplify this Beatitude: 1. "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."Throughout Susan's social life and career, she has been ridiculed and insulted for standing up for what she believes is right. Susan B. Anthony stood up for women's right and was even arrested for illegally voting at the presidential elections. She had many attributes of fierceness and strength to achieve righteaousness. In I860, when she made a speech before the New York Legislature in favor of a bill making drunkenness a cause for divorce. She mentioned that she will be pained if there is no support in finding a solution, showing that she will go to great extincts to achieve righteousness. 2. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for Righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Anthony stood up for various rights including, anti-slavery, women's suffrage and women's right. Anthony stood up for women when no one else believed in her at the time. She believed in herself and she knew that one day she would achieve a moral world where all genders and races would be treated equally. She always believed that God gave us the power to stand up for the right and defend against injustice and that is exaclty what Susan did. She mentions "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." she's explaining how she doesn't trust in the people who notice what God wants them to do but finds it irrelevant against their own selfish desires. As said by Tom Strafford: "Seneca Falls (the first women's right convention) created a thirst for social righteousness in many Americans, including Susan B. Anthony". 3. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Anthony was a genuinely nice, kind, loving and compassionate person. Many people believed that Susan faught for attention but Susan faught for those who weren't being treated rightly. One of the lessons from the sermon on the mount were to do things for God and for oursleves and not for others. Anthony made sure that throughout her career she served the poeple who believed in her, and for those who didn't by the end became a believer because of her demonstration of strong efforts. One of her most famous quotes are "I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel" this proves to us that she would show great delight when she saw another women on wheels (standing up for herself).

Lessons taught by this person:1. To never give up on what we believe is right. Fight against unrighteousness and seek for justice and most importantly to be fighters. For almost 70 years, she fought for women's right and suffrage and only 14 years after her death did she achieve what she had been living for. Throughout her lifetime she never once had thought about giving up. She continued to thrive even until her very last months.2. Find true friends, that help you achieve your goals. Throughout Anthony's life she has found very few friends that have been completely royal to her which relates to every person. Some of her friends that stood by her through all have been Elizabeth Stanton and Anna Shaw. 3. Anthony teaches us that we should be inform of any maltreated to be able to stand up to it. Anthony went around America, giving speeches and signing petitions. This proves to us that one of her goals in life was to teach others of the maltreatments occuring around them at the same time she was showing us that if you want to spread your message it will include a lot of effort and dedication.


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