Why Susan Anthony quit school

Susan B. Anthony, who campaigned for women’s right to vote and was arrested in 1872 for trying to vote, stopped going to school when her teacher refused to teach her long division because she was a girl.

“Maybe the male teacher felt girls didn’t need to learn such advanced math,” says Mary Kay Carson in her book Why Couldn’t Susan B. Anthony Vote? and Other Questions about Women’s Suffrage. “Many people back then believed that too much learning harmed girls’ brains and would make them bad mothers.”
Anthony’s father, a Quaker who believed all children should receive an equal education, started a home school for his children and girls who worked in the cotton mills he owned. Then, when Anthony was 17, he sent her to a Quaker boarding school in Philadelphia.

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