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Civil Rights Hero - Susan Brownell Anthony

No other woman is more closely associated with the civil rights movement than Susan B. Anthony. Her fame is undisputed, and the 1979 decision to put her image onto American one-dollar coin only further proves of her pivotal involvement in womankind’s struggle for equality. Even though the image was discontinued in 1999, there are still several coins in circulation, and if you have one, you might want to use it as a teaching tool when speaking to your children about this icon of the suffrage movement. Since we just celebrated the 186th anniversary of her birth on February 15th, it is only fitting to examine this extraordinary lady and her contributions to society that many of us take for granted and at times even disregard.As you can easily see, Ms. Anthony was a revolutionary through and through who worried little about public opinion, and who had a single minded focus to right a moral wrong. At the same time, she was a highly controversial personage, who endured being hanged and burned in effigy, and abused and ridiculed by uninterested mobs. While today she is the “poster child” for the women’s suffrage movement, her pro-life stand is rarely, if ever, mentioned, and instead many a modern feminist credits Ms. Anthony (wrongly) for her “choice” to abort.

No matter which side of the fence you may find yourself on this issue, the truth of the matter is that Ms. Anthony is a formidable figure in America’s Civil Rights movement, and that nobody can deny!


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