Susan B. Anthony Day, observed on her birthday, February 15, is honoring the work and legacy of one of the most significant leaders of the US suffrage movement.
Anthony was a social reformer who devoted her life to abolishing slavery, promoting equal rights, and voting rights for women. Thanks to her tireless efforts, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920 – 14 years after passing away.
To honor Anthony’s birthday on a national level, a bill was presented in 2011 to establish it as a national holiday, but it did not pass. Several states still observe this day, including New York, Florida, California, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
On the day, various events are commemorating Anthony’s life and contributions to the US, as well as of the US women’s suffrage movement. A memorial service is held at her grave and in the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, New York. Special events are held at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA.
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