Suffragist Susan B. Anthony did not live to see the result of her fight for women's right to vote; she died 14 years before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution allowed women to cast their ballots in 1920. How would Anthony evaluate women's achievements since then?
A panel of nationally known women leaders will consider "What Would Susan Say? Wise Women Reflect on Their Lives and Women's Progress" during a forum sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at the University of Rochester. The forum is scheduled during Meliora Weekend, the University's annual tradition of celebrating homecoming, alumni reunions, and parents' weekend together.
"Legal rights have given women more opportunities and the chance to establish equality, but they are not equality itself," notes Nora Bredes, director of the Anthony Center. "There are still social, legal, and educational issues where women lag in full equality. Why do women hold only 15 percent of the seats in Congress, and why does the pay gap between men and women widen once women have children?"
Bredes will moderate the forum at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Interfaith Chapel on the University's River Campus. The program is free and open to the public. The panelists are leaders in higher education, the arts, government, and public policy:
Each of the panelists also will be honored with the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award for leadership in her field during a luncheon at noon in the River Room of the Interfaith Chapel. Both the discussion and luncheon are open to the public.
The event is part of the center's annual Stanton/Anthony Conversations, a series of forums on women's rights issues named for suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The 2005 program kicks off a yearlong tribute to Anthony's work and legacy that will culminate with next year's Conversations. March 13, 2006, will mark the 100th anniversary of Anthony's death.
Though the Conversations discussion is free, registration is required. The luncheon cost is $35. For information on registration, reservations, and parking, contact the center at (585) 275-8799. Information about the center can be found online at http://www.rochester.edu/SBA.