After teaching for over 10 years, Susan began to work for social change. She joined the temperance movement to abolish alcohol and drunkenness. Although women were allowed to work for the movement, they were not allowed to speak at meetings. Susan formed The Daughters of Temperance, the first women's temperance group. It was through her work in temperance that she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in 1851. Elizabeth was a spokesperson for many causes, including temperance, abolition (freeing of slaves) and women's suffrage.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton inspired Susan B. Anthony to work for women's suffrage.