The Patron Saint of Suffrage?
In her lifetime, Susan B. Anthony was one of the most recognizable leaders of the suffrage movement. Work as a woman’s rights organizer, speaker, agitator, lobbyist, and mentor made her famous, reviled, or admired by different audiences. Her books chronicling the suffrage movement and a commissioned biography fostered the image of Anthony as singularly devoted to woman suffrage. After her death, that image and her memory were invoked to bolster her successors’ claims to leadership of the movement.