Susan B. Anthony Supports Women's Suffrage Amendment
You have probably heard about the new $1 coin
with Sacajawea on it, but did you know that in 1979 the United
States had another dollar coin? That year, the U.S. issued a
silver coin worth $1 that had an image of Susan B. Anthony on
one side. Who was Susan B. Anthony? Here's a hint: she helped
pave the way to give American women the right to vote.
Chances are that when your great-grandmother was young, she
couldn't vote even though your great grandfather could. It was
because of the hard work of a lot of women and men that your mom
and grandmother can vote today. Susan B. Anthony helped lead
that hard work.
On March 8, 1884, Anthony testified
before Congress supporting women's suffrage (right to vote). She
urged senators to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution
that, she said, "shall prohibit the disenfranchisement of
citizens of the United States on account of sex..."
some newspapers, Anthony was called a fanatic and ridiculed for
It wasn't until 1919 that Congress voted to
direct the states to consider ratifying a constitutional
amendment to allow women to vote. Nicknamed the "Anthony
Amendment" in honor of the leader who had died in 1906, the
Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. For more
than 70 years, women like Susan B. Anthony fought for women's
right to vote alongside men on Election Day.
imagine an election in which your dad could vote but your mom