Susan Brownell Anthony was a civil rights activist who advocated for women's rights.
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  • On November 5, 1872, American civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony voted in a presidential election. (She voted for the incumbent, Republican Ulysses S. Grant.) At that time, women were not allowed to vote. Two weeks later, Anthony was arrested, and eventually fined $100 for voting illegally. “I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty,” she said—and she never did.
    It was more than 40 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in the United States. On November 2, 1920, more than 8 million American women voted.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    19th amendment Noun

    update to the U.S. Constitution allowing women citizens the right to vote.

    civil rights Plural Noun

    set of fundamental freedoms guaranteed to all individuals, such as participation in the political system, ability to own property, and due process and equal protection under the law.

    election Noun

    selection of people to public office by vote.

    eventually Adverb

    at some point in the future.

    penalty Noun