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Susan B Anthony Day
Cause
“Men, their rights and nothing more: women, their rights and nothing less.”

When: February 15th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

If you are a woman, this day probably has more meaning and can offer a time to reflect on the sacrifices like Susan B. Anthony has made in years past to advance woman's rights.  If an election is near, it would be honoring the memory of such a pioneer by studying the political issues of the day and the resumes of the candidates running so you can be prepared to exercise your right to vote when the time comes.  

Numbers

In the latest U.S. Presidential election, exit polls show Joe Biden won the votes of 57 percent of women, compared to 45 percent of men. In comparison, President Trump won 42 percent of women’s votes and 53 percent of men’s votes.

Description

Recently in at attempt to right a wrong, President Donald Trump pardoned suffragist Susan B. Anthony.  It has been documented that she was unjustly tried and convicted of voting when it was against the law to do so for women in the United States.  There has been some controversy around the pardon, because some people believe that a pardon would be against Susan's wishes because that would validate a proceeding that she believed was not lawful or just in the first place.  The Susan B. Anthony Museum even made a public statement rejecting the pardon.  Early on, Susan was born into an equality seeking quaker family, and sought to help african americans in the plight against slavery before turning her efforts towards women's rights and specifically the lack of the right to vote. She was very influential woman of her time and is credited at successfully championing the right to vote for women.  Susan B. Anthony even became the first female to be depicted on a U.S. coin when she appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.
 

Interesting Facts

  1. In 1900, Susan helped persuade the University of Rochester to finally admit women students.
  2. Among the many issues Susan fought for, she fought for women to have the right to own property.
  3. Susan B. Anthony's most important accomplishment was paving the way for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives all women the right to vote.
  4. Frederick Douglass was a life long friend of Susan B. Anthony.
  5. To honor Susan B. Anthony's contributions to the University and society, The University of Rochester memorialized her with The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

Information

Observed:
  • February 15th
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