Susan B. Anthony's family owned a cotton mill and believed that hard work and education were very important to Susan's upbringing. Outside Susan's close Quaker community, many of these beliefs were not practiced. Women could not vote or run for political office, received limited educations, and had few job opportunities.
At the age of 15, Susan began teaching in New York. The school paid men several times what they paid women in the same job. After complaining about her wage, Susan had to leave the school. Although she found a better job, Susan's experience with inequality between men and women shaped her future goals.