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1. Author of one on the most important works of the 18th century, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman", which had four American and six English editions published during the first hundred years of the book's life. Almost 70 years after its publication, Susan B. Anthony serialized it in her feminist newspaper. She died at the age of 38 after giving birth to Mary Shelly, author of "Frankenstein".

2. The name of Susan B. Anthony's and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's feminist newspaper published between 1868-1870. In 1870, it collapsed financially and left Susan B. Anthony with a $10,000 personal debt. She was 50 years old and it took her 6 years of strenuous cross-country speaking tours to pay it off.

3. She was the first female editor of a major American newspaper, Horace Greeley's "New York Tribune". The year was 1844. The following year her book "Women in the Nineteenth Century" was published. A few years earlier she had lived in Boston where she had launched her famous series of "conversations" for the women of Boston's intellectual circles in the West Street Bookshop. While in Boston she was called the "High Priestess" of the New England Transcendentalist group which included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson, Alcott and others.

4. The only black woman to attend the First National Women's Rights Convention in Worcester, Mass in 1850. Her famous speech "Ain't I A Woman" was given at a women's convention in Akron, Ohio in 1851.

5. A Quaker who in 1872 led fifty women to a polling place in Rochester New York, her home town where they registered to vote. She was arrested and put on trial. Her speech from the trial is famous.

6. She and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, were Wall Street's first female stockbrokers. In addition, she was a very radical feminist who believed in free love and sexual freedom. Her newspaper, "The Weekly", advocated spiritualism, socialism and was the first American periodical to publish "The Communist Manifesto". She was highly criticized by other women in the movement for her sexual behavior. Elizabeth Stanton defended her. For a time she became the most talked about woman in the suffrage movement. She convinced Stanton that the National American Woman Suffrage Associaiton should back her as candidate for President of the United States in the 1872 election. Susan B. Anthony disapproved, vetoed this idea and expelled her from the next suffrage convention. She was furious at Stanton and wrote that "never did Mrs. Stanton do so foolish a thing." The women's movement as a national agenda almost disappeared from this dissension.

7. Susan B. Anthony's hand-picked successor when she stepped down from the presidency of the National American Woman Suffrage Association at the age of 80. She served as president from 1900-1904 and again from 1915 to 1920 when women finally got the right to vote. The organization that she founded later became known as the League of Women Voters.

8. The most famous female anarchist. In the early 1900's she was one on the most talked about women in the US. She had emigrated to the US from Russia while in her teens. She owned the Mother Earth Publishing Association. She wrote and printed "The Traffic in Women" where she connected the exploitation of prostitutes with the exploitation of all women. She wrote against the institution of marriage.

9. Wrote and published the book "Women and the New Race". It was her life's mission to break down legal barriers to the dissemination of contraceptive information and devices by physicians. She felt that birth control was the most important part of the struggle to liberate women.

10. English novelist and critic. Published "A Room of One's Own", a feminist work about the frustration felt by the female creative writer who can't write because she was not supported like male writers and could not make a living. She experienced a number of periods of mental breakdowns and eventually drowned herself in the river Ouse.