Carry On: Susan B. Anthony
Children's Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820-1906) was one of the founders of American feminism. For more than half a century, she endured threats and ridicule for her tireless quest to reform the unfair laws that governed women. Crisscrossing the country at a breathtaking pace well into her eighties, she gave speeches and supported rallies for women’s rights. She was arrested in 1872 for daring to vote -- an illegal act for a woman. A month before her death, she finished her last public appearance declaring “failure is impossible.” Fourteen years later, women were given the right to vote.
“Men: their rights and nothing more; women: their rights and nothing less.” - Susan B. Anthony
Alone on a platform, she stops mid-sentence.
In a room full of angry shouts, she clears her throat.
She patiently waits for the return of order.
And then repeats: “We are equal. Women deserve to vote.”
A young energetic leader, she travels from town to town
Raising women’s issues with a voice that must be heard.
Those accusations and insults hurt, but they don’t keep her down,
‘Cause she believes in the power and the truth of her spoken word.
Carry on! Can you hear the call?
Carry on! Failure is impossible.
She drops a vote in a ballot box on Election Day,
Claiming she has the constitutional right.
But the judge tells the jury to see it another way.
And Susan B. Anthony loses another fight.
She lived her life determined that women must unite.
She would not stop believing that equality is everybody’s right.
Her 86th birthday -- she’s calm and self-possessed --
Before a room packed with people making lots of noise again.
It’s a standing ovation for a hero -- the honored guest --
Who lived her life demonstrating women are equal to men.
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