Woman Suffrage began in the Northeastern part of the United states. The women were fighting for the right to be equal to the men at the time. But after the Revolutionary War, the women found a completely different purpose to fight. The leaders saw enfranchisement as one of the most important of their goals. The right to vote was not their purpose at all. The women wanted a change in a wide range in different things. Besides wanting to have equal rights, the women also wanted change in social, moral, legal, educational, and economical status.
The woman suffrage movement brought many courageous women out in the public eye. Such women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were amongst many of them. The two women also established "The National Woman Suffrage Association". The association was basically put up to build support for woman suffrage. In 1872, Anthony made an attempt to vote. She knew she was doing an illegal act and was hoping to be arrested. Anthony wanted to be arrested so she could take her case to court and try to prove her point. Anthony was arrested and taken to court. She was found guilty and fined. Susan B. Anthony claimed,"to never pay a dime of it." # .
In 1869, two other woman suffrage organizations were founded. One of the organizations was called the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which was led by Francis Willard as president. The WCTU as it was called, created a department of franchisee under Zerelda Wallace and Dr. Anna Howard Shaw. Willard was a great leader. She led thousands of women to support woman suffrage. Susan B. Anthony spoke several times to the WCTU groups of women. Another organization was the National American Woman Suffrage Association. This association was organized by three main women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone and Susan B. Anthony. Stanton was elected president and Stone was head of the executive committee. Anthony was the vice president, but she was the one who took actual command of the new organization.