On This Day…

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It’s the second week of Women’s History Month. And for today’s post I have another “on this day” event. Did you know that on this day is the anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s death? Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist, abolitionist, author and speaker. She was also the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

She was born in a Quaker household on February 15 1820 and later became a teacher.  In the mid-1840s, her father’s business failed. And she moved back in to help her family to a farm in Rochester, New York. Her family farm later became a base for abolitionist leaders such as Frederick Douglass.

In 1851, she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton at an anti-slavery conference. And together they established the Women’s New York State Temperance Society in 1852.  They also founded the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. Susan B. Anthony spent over forty years of her life fighting against slavery. As well as, temperance and the right for women to vote and own property.

She died on March 13, 1906. Just a year after trying to lobby President Theodore Roosevelt for a women’s right to vote amendment. Yet her lifelong dream wasn’t realized until 14 years after her death. When  the 19 amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. You can find Susan B. Anthony’s works onGoodreads.

On This Day Bonus: 

I like to say Happy Birthday to some amazing women who were born today!

Happy Birthday Janet Flanner!- journalist, wrote a weekly letter for the New Yorker from France under the name “Genet” (Frenchified “Janet”) for 50 years except for the Nazi occupation, was made a knight of the Legion of House (1948).

Happy Birthday La Meri!- one of the world’s greatest ethnological dancers from 1924 to the 1970s, danced with Anna Pavlova, learned native dances all over the world, lectured, wrote, founded the Ethnologic Dance Theater.

Happy Birthday Susan Gerbi!- biochemist, helped devise a method to map the start site of DNA replication, researched the role of hormones in certain cancers.

You can gather more information and resources for Women’s History Month from the National Women’s History Project: Writing Women Back Into History. 

PS The first half of April is already reserved for my “30 Days of Poetry Love” blog project. For those who hasn’t returned their questionnaire, I’ve sent you reminders. If you haven’t received them, I urge you to check your spam/junk folders just in case. Or contact me. National Poetry Month is only two weeks away and I’m still looking for a few more participants. So hurry and signup with the form below to raise the profile of poetry!

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