Portrait of Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906)
Susan B. Anthony defied social norms of femininity in the 19th century: she was unmarried, had no children, and most troubling, spoke forcefully in public. One of the most recognized leaders of the suffrage movement to extend voting rights to women, Anthony traveled widely to advocate for women’s rights. This photograph was taken while she was in San Francisco for the Woman’s Congress of 1895. As if to quell concerns about her femininity, Anthony wears fashionably puffed sleeves, even as she uses an open book to highlight her intelligence and education.
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