Wednesday, May 19, 2010

History of Susan B. Anthony

Pioneer American feminist and suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony has recently become the namesake of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion lobby that declares a pro-life stance was a fundamental tenet of the early feminist movement. Two historians of Anthony and her milieu take note that Anthony was not a pro-life campaigner, that she supported a large role for the American federal government, and that she supported a strict separation of church and state, all positions that are anathema to the SBA List:
Naming this lobby for Susan B. Anthony doesn't change her views any more than clicking your heels three times gets you back to Kansas.
Update, May 20:  Thanks, Jameson Cunningham, who points out the 18-year history of the SBA List.
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