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Letter to Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Her (Susan B. Anthony's) Illegal VoteGender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources. 2006.COPYRIGHT 2006 GaleFull Text: Letter to Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Her (Susan B. Anthony's) Illegal VoteLetterBy:Susan B. AnthonyDate:November 5, 1872Source:Anthony, Susan B. "Letter to Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Her (Susan B. Anthony's Illegal Vote." Image of letter from Ida Harper Collection, November 5, 1872.About the Author:Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) was one of the foremost women's rights activists of the late nineteenth century. She focused on women's suffrage as the key to other social and political advances. Born in Adams, Massachusetts in 1820, the future organizer took up schoolteaching in Canajoharie, New York. Dissatisfied with the limits of teaching and frustrated that she only received a quarter of a man's salary for the exact same work, Anthony dedicated herself to reform in 1848. She met Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1851 and the two would become lifelong friends as well as the leading lights of the woman suffrage movement.INTRODUCTIONIn the first half of the nineteenth century, the abolition and temperance movements consumed the attention of reform-minded Americans. Women played a role in both movements, but custom dictated that women remain in seclusion. Proper women did not speak in public, permit their names to appear in print, or engage in any other kind of activity in the male sphere of politics.Women chafed at the restraints placed upon them. Elizabeth Cady Stanton began her activism as an abolitionist. She deeply resented that male abolitionists would not allow women to speak at an abolitionist convention, instead forcing them to sit in a curtained balcony as the men debated. Stanton dedicated herself to women's rights. Along with