Although not a national holiday, some states do observe Susan B. Anthony Day. Those states are California, Florida, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Anthony’s state of birth, Massachusetts.

February 15 is a celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. Anthony was born in 1820 in Adams, MA. Her father was a farmer and later became a cotton mill manager. Her mother, Lucy, came from a family that fought in the American Revolution and served in the Massachusetts government. Anthony had seven brothers and seven sisters.

Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Woman’s Loyal National League. Anthony indicated her interest as early as 1852, when she attended the National Women’s Rights Convention in Syracuse, New York. This was a campaign for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would abolish slavery.

After the Civil War, Anthony worked mainly for women’s suffrage, which is the legal right for women to vote. It took several decades for women to vote everywhere. Anthony passed away 14 years before it became a law of the land.

She also appears on a dollar coin that was minted from 1979-1981 and then again in 1999.

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Karen Golden