Last night, Rochester NOW and the Reproductive Task Force of the First Unitarian Church sponsored a Women's History Month event featuring Nora Bredes, who heads up the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at the University of Rochester, as well as the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy, which supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates for local and state offices. The event was held at the First Unitarian Church.
Nora's talk was titled "You are Susan B. Anthony: The Value of Her Legacy."
About 35 or 40 people were in attendance, prominent among them a Feminists Choosing Life member named Carol Crossed, who likes to attend such events to argue with the speaker. Carol is totally convinced that Susan B. Anthony was more or less the patron saint of the anti-abortion movement, and her life work seems to center around trying to convince others that she is right about that. Of course, Carol's theory is bunk, and it steams authentic feminists that the Feminists for Life women have hijacked Anthony to promote their anti-woman agenda.
Nora Bredes, Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester, will be the guest speaker on March 21 at an event sponsored by the Greater Rochester Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Bredes' speech is titled “You are Susan B. Anthony: The Value of her Legacy.”
Bredes has appeared on CNN, PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC News. She has also been featured in the New York Times, Newsday, and New York Woman. As president of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy, Bredes champions support for pro-choice Democratic women candidates for local and state offices.
Thisevent starts at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Rd. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 723-1062 or visit www.rochesternow.org.
Deborah Hughes, the director of the Susan B. Anthony house in Rochester, and Sally Roesch Wagner, the director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage house in Syracuse, put on an interesting program Tuesday night at the Anthony House.
Sally and Deborah have a grant from the Essential Dissent organization, which promotes dialogue between adversaries. Anthony and Gage, of course, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were known as the "Triumvirate" who laid the ground work for getting women the vote.
Barack Obama, the first U.S. president ever to declare himself a feminist, signed legislation yesterday to help highlight and link together important sites in western New York associated with the struggle to gain the vote for women.
The bill, which Obama signed, will provide $1 million for the development of programs on women's rights history and will create a "Votes for Women Trail" which will link the Susan B. Anthony House with approximately 20 other sites, including ones in Seneca Falls, where the first women's rights convention was held. Read more here.