Among many of her positions, Susan B. Anthony advocated dress reform for women. She cut her hair and wore the bloomer costume for a year before ridicule convinced her that this radical dress detracted from the other causes she supported. This apparent failure did not dissuade Ms. Anthony from her goals. Her temporary failure of dress reform, when viewed from another perspective, was deemed a success as it helped align her focus to the tasks most important to her cause.
Women did not gain the right to vote until fourteen years after her death. However, Susan B. Anthony is credited alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and countless others, in facilitating the equal rights movement. Thus, when focused on a cause greater than one’s self, success is inevitable if you continue to effort.
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