Eliza Anna Grier was an African American who graduated from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1897. By 1901, Grier was struggling to maintain her medical practice in South Carolina while battling health issues of her own. On March 7 of that year, Grier wrote to Susan B. Anthony, President of the National Woman Suffrage Association, to appeal to her for financial help.
Why It Matters
In 1901, Eliza Grier was sick with “La grippe” (the flu) and struggling to keep her practice afloat. Most of her patients were poor and presumably not always able to pay for her care. Grier sought the assistance of Susan B. Anthony, one the most famous women’s rights advocates and social reformers of the time. That Grier thought to appeal to this prominent white woman speaks to the changes in a society where women of disparate backgrounds found some common cause in the struggle toward equality.
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- Why do you think Dr. Grier wrote to Susan B. Anthony for help? Do you think they knew each other?
- What are some of the reasons Dr. Grier is struggling to pay her expenses and keep her practice open?
- What do you think Dr. Grier means when she writes that "there are a great many forces operating against...the Negro in business"?