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“The Women Who Dared,” cover illustration of Susan B. Anthony by Thomas Wust, The Daily Graphic, June 5, 1873

This satirical portrait of Susan B. Anthony reveals fears about changing gender roles: she wears Uncle Sam’s hat, men do the childcare, and women rally for their rights.


Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The Women Who Dared

Women Fight for the Vote

Suffragists lobbied Congress for the right to vote throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but their activism took other forms as well. In 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot for a federal election in New York. She was arrested and put on trial. In court, she argued that her action was legal under the Fourteenth Amendment, which gave citizens the right to vote. Her highly publicized trial raised public awareness about woman suffrage. Women finally achieved national voting rights with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject

Susan B. Anthony, 1872