Annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon Planned

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Susan B. Anthony HouseThe National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House’s annual major event, the Annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon, will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The keynote speaker is Louise W. Knight, author, lecturer, and historian. The theme for this year’s luncheon is “Up and Doing,” inspired by a statement Susan B. Anthony once made as she called people into leadership and active citizenship: “We woman must be up and doing. I can hardly sit still when I think of the great work waiting to be done…” We may well include a surprise or two in the program this year to help the audience understand what Miss Anthony meant by “Up and Doing.”

Louise W. Knight is the author of two biographies on Jane Addams, one of the late 19th century and early 20th century activists in moving public perception and attitudes. Prominent in the battle for woman suffrage and a friend of Susan B. Anthony, Addams is perhaps best known as the co-founder of Hull House, the nation’s first settlement house.

Knight will focus on Addams’s and Anthony’s ideas about democracy and how each of them put those ideas into action— “up and doing”—for the causes they held dear.  In addition to her Addams biographies, Louise Knight’s writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Women’s Media Center website. She is currently working on a book about Angelina and Sarah Grimke, two abolitionists and women’s rights advocates of the 1830s.

The Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon is held each year in mid-February to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s February 15th birthday, to honor contemporary women who continue her legacy, and to raise awareness of the education and inspiration programs that take place at and through the National Historic Landmark on Madison Street. The luncheon takes place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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