July 2, 1979: SUSAN B. ANTHONY was the first woman to be honored with an US coin.
Susan Brownell Anthony was the first woman to be honored by having her likeness appear on a circulating United States coin. She was was a suffragist, abolitionist, author and speaker who was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Act into law (Public Law 95-447), that amended the Coinage Act of 1965, changing the size, weight, and design of the one-dollar coin. On July 2, 1979, the U. S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony coin in Rochester, NY, the home of Susan B. Anthony during the most politically active years of her life. .
To understand who was this woman we need to go back to 1851, when Susan attended an anti-slavery conference and met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The pair established the Women's New York State Temperance Society in 1852 to fight for women's rights, forming the New York State Woman's Rights Committee. Anthony also started petitions for women to have the right to own property and to vote. The pair traveled extensively, campaigning on the behalf of women.
In 1856, Anthony began working as an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. She spent years promoting the society's cause up until the Civil War. After the war was over, Susan began focusing more on women's rights. She and Stanton established the American Equal Rights Association in 1866, calling for the same rights to be granted to all regardless of race or sex. In 1868, they also created and began producing “The Revolution”, a weekly publication that lobbied for women's rights. The newspaper's motto was "Men their rights, and nothing more; women their rights, and nothing less."
In 1869, they would also found the National Woman Suffrage Association, working tireless in their efforts, giving speeches around the country to convince others to support a woman's right to vote. Susan even took matters into her own hands in 1872, when she voted illegally in the presidential election, being arrested for the crime, and unsuccessfully fighting the charges; (continues👇🏻)