Anthony was born to a Quaker family in Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. She moved to Rochester, New York with her parents and six siblings in 1826, and began teaching in 1839. 10 years later, she started to get involved in the temperance and anti-slavery movements. In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- who had previously led the Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in July 1848, stating a powerful Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions -- and in 1852, attended her first woman's rights convention in Syracuse.
Anthony infamously casted a vote in Rochester on November 5, 1872, after intimidating ballot officials. "It is a downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government -- the ballot," she declared in a speech after her historic arrest. She was later tried in court and given a $100 fine, which she never paid. Anthony remained committed to equal rights until her death in 1906. She was a pioneer in women's suffrage, and is one of the most well-known names in women's history today.
Anthony and Stanton ran their publication "The Revolution" at 37 Park Row in New York City from 1868 to 1870, in an office in the same building that housed the New York World, and just feet away from the site of other major newspapers. Anthony was the manager of the paper, which promoted women's suffrage in addition to other social reform issues such as abolitionism, workers' rights, and rights for the impoverished. This mission distinguished it from other suffrage newspapers of the time.
We're excited to reveal this clip of Lynn Sherr, former ABC correspondent and author, quoting Anthony in a powerful passage about women in journalism -- from Sherr's own biography of her, titled "Failure is Impossible."