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The race continues for women's progress

Olympian Cathy Turner to join Susan B. Anthony 5K Walk/Run

For the past three years, runners and walkers alike have hit the pavement to celebrate Susan B. Anthony's legacy as a suffragist and champion of women's rights in a 5K race cosponsored by the University's Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership, the Susan B. Anthony House, and the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys.

This year's race, scheduled for Sunday, September 21, will feature special guest Cathy Turner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist in short track speed skating and a silver and bronze medallist as anchor of the 3,000 meter relay team.

"The goal of the race is to tap Anthony's inspiring history and use its power to win women's equality today," says Nora Bredes, director of the Anthony Center. "The race has grown each year with more participants, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors. Proceeds from the race benefit ongoing educational programs at the Anthony Center and the Susan B. Anthony House."

Around the world, Anthony is know for her tireless work as a suffragist, but locally Anthony is renowned for her mad-dash effort in 1900 that gained women admittance to the University.

At Rochester, Anthony led a group of women to press University trustees to admit women. The trustees agreed, on the condition that Anthony and her committee raise $50,000 by September 1900. As the deadline approached, the group was $8,000 short. Anthony, just back from suffrage battles out west, raced through Rochester to solicit the needed funds by the deadline. At the last minute, pledges in hand, she sprinted to the trustees' meeting. When the men rejected the last $2,000 pledge on a technicality, Anthony pledged her life insurance to win women the right to equal education.

"Today American women can attend almost any college and graduate to become doctors, lawyers, businesswomen, and senators. Many of Susan B. Anthony's goals have been won. But we have yet to realize Anthony's complete dream of women and men leading together, sharing equal power," adds Bredes. "With work left to do, the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Race remembers Anthony's vision and endurance. Her victories still inspire us."

For more information on the race or to register online, visit

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