Members of Friends of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park attended the celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s 189th birthday at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on February 11, 2009. Guest speaker Lynn Sherr, award-winning journalist and author of two books on Susan B. Anthony, related stories and anecdotes about the suffragist leader and talked about the gains that women have made in recent years and the challenges that still lie ahead. She noted that while there are national holidays celebrating great American men, there is not yet a day dedicated to the memory and contributions of a great American woman. “We have not yet reached the post-racist and post-feminist stages of our history,” Sherr said.
The Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is organized each February by the Susan B. Anthony House of Rochester, a National Historic Landmark which offers tours and programs to perpetuate Anthony’s vision of women’s rights and equality. Learn more about the Susan B. Anthony House at www.susanbanthonyhouse.org.