The Power of the Implementation of a Radical Idea

Susan B. Anthony is widely well known name in American society, but may not be fully understood to extent she accomplished for women’s rights or the other women activists that fought along with her.

One of the first women to speak with Anthony about freedom was Elizabeth Stanton, a women who had been advocating for women’s rights for two decades prior to the starting the first feminist publication, The Revolution.

Susan B. Anthony, left, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton sit on the porch of the Anthony house in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Susan B. Anthony House)

Susan B. Anthony, left, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton sit on the porch of the Anthony house in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Susan B. Anthony House)

Mrs. Anthony worked as the publisher while Stanton was the editor. The two women had a clear agenda and the factual proof that women were being civilly wronged in society so they decided to present an idea to the public that social change was possible.

This weekly newspaper, though it did not ever have a circulation bigger then 3,000, implemented the idea that women could be equal to males and from there, the idea caught fire. Word was spread to communities in America that fostered the advancement of women and movement gained more and more followers.

Individuals that may not have been reading the newspaper were being persuaded to join the movement because of the opportunity to escape from lives considered to be lesser than that of a male.

In 1869, after spending almost twenty years actively fighting for the civil right’s of women in America, Stanton decided to go from house to house to spread the word that the liberation of women was no longer an idea, but a possibility. She personally spoke with over two hundred people and said each person needed women’s rights explained to them.

Within the next year The Revolution was sold for one dollar because of financial difficulty. Between losing their biggest sponsors and subscriptions, the paper had accrued $10,000 worth of debt and could not continue to advocate for women’s rights.

However, the fight for women’s civil rights lived on and states inside the United States began to give women rights starting in 1890. It would take thirty years for the United States to pass federal legislation that would grant a women the same rights as a man, but it was a victory nonetheless.

What began as just an idea networked from the minority into the majority.


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