What would Susan B. Anthony say about the current social and political environment? According to scholars, not “abortion is murder.” That was the final line in a sketch on Saturday Night Live last week, where the ghost of Susan B. Anthony (played by Kate McKinnon) interacts with a group of women visiting the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House. The museum took to social media to respond, tweeting, "For the record #SNL, #SusanBAnthony supported sex education, birth control and family planning. She didn't express an opinion about abortion."
Between the sketch, the Women’s March, Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency, and New York’s Suffrage Centennial, Anthony’s life and work are back in the spotlight. The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House is hosting its annual birthday luncheon next month, but first, we talk to the event's keynote speaker — leading Anthony scholar Ann Dexter Gordon -- about how Anthony’s work connects to current events. Our guests:
- Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
- Ann Dexter Gordon, leading authority on Susan B. Anthony, editor of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and research professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick