Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words

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Times Books, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 382 pages
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Susan Brownell Anthony's birthdate has its 175th anniversary in 1995, which is also the 75th year since passage of the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. There couldn't be a better time to remember the inspirational words of the woman who, more than any other individual, is responsible for the crusade for women's equality. Anthony's life was her work, a life of action to inspire change. Raised a Quaker, she developed a strong sense of social responsibility that drew her both to the abolitionist movement and to the suffragist cause. A tireless campaigner into her eighties (although she did not live long enough to see women get the vote), she not only helped change laws but changed attitudes and introduced the entire realm of equal rights for women to a very reluctant nation. At first ridiculed, she was ultimately welcomed into the White House and cheered in Congress. Anthony's legacy goes far beyond the vote. Eloquent, visionary, and armed with a trenchant wit, she addressed many crucial issues - equal opportunity, political representation, domestic violence, and financial autonomy - that remain at the forefront of feminism. In researching the women's movement, writes Lynn Sherr, "I learned that Anthony and her colleagues had not only gotten there first, and said it better, but that they had carefully, wittily, and sometimes painfully laid the groundwork for virtually every right we were either demanding or already took for granted".

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Failure is impossible: Susan B. Anthony in her own words

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"Away with your man-visions! Women propose to reject them all, and begin to dream dreams for themselves," writes Anthony in one selection from this sprightly collection of her correspondence, speeches ... Read full review

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I don't read a lot of biographies, but this is fantastic. Full of primary sources, too. Lynn Sherr is an excellent journalist and author. Read full review



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