Although Susan B. Anthony's actions were directly related to women's voting rights, how does her call for action later apply to other groups?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The women's movement to garner the right to vote laid a blueprint that other social revolutions followed.  The idea of a grass roots type of action that stressed collective success and mobilization from the "bottom up" was something seen in the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 1960s.  In this setting, individuals identified a human rights issue, similar to Anthony and Stanton.  They advocated for this issue on a variety of levels, in a variety of circumstances.  This is again similar to both Stanton and Anthony.  In both sets of action, power was seen as coming from the bottom up, where individuals recognized that they could shape public policy and institutional forces, both of which had to relent its own inertia when the calls for justice could no longer be denied.  This is once again similar to Anthony and Stanton.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Susan B. Anthony was an early pioneer of civil disobedience - breaking what one believes is an unjust law in order to try and change it.  Her and her friends would simply go and vote in an election,even though women could not yet legally vote.  It was non-violent, direct and in the end, effective.

She was also incredibly persistent.  She began her crusade in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Conference in New York, and continued it until her death in 1906, never having seen her dream of women's suffrage come true.  If other groups can take away any lesson from her, it would be persistence.

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