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This year, the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. 2020 also marks suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the museum.

To mark these historic occasions, the museum has invited music producer, author, and civil rights activist Tena Clark as this year’s keynote speaker for its birthday dinner celebration. Clark has worked with music legends including Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, and many more. We talk with her about her career and the impact of women in music, and we have a broader discussion about the state of women’s rights in 2020. Our guests:

  • Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
  • Tena Clark, music producer, author, and civil rights activist

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The annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California included a connection to Rochester on New Year’s Day. Members of the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House took part in one of the floats, and it won an award.

The float called “Years of Hope, Years of Change,” was a call to inspire Americans to remember the women who paved the way for a woman’s right to vote. The float won the 'theme award’ for most outstanding presentation of the Rose Parade Theme. This year’s overall parade theme was The Power of Hope, celebrating the influence of optimism and hope.

National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday. Attorney Gloria Allred, will be recognized as a trailblazer and pioneer for women’s rights. She is known for often taking on controversial and high-profile cases. 

Allred says she’s grateful to be recognized along with other women, some of whom, like Sonia Sotomayor are her “sheros,” as she calls them. 

Gloria Allred:

I’m just looking forward to congratulating them as well.

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The newest in the fleet of tugboats on the Erie Canal was christened Friday in honor of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

In the 19th century, the canal was like the interstate highway of the day. It was frequently the path traveled between Seneca Falls and Rochester as Cady Stanton and her fellow suffragists coordinated their campaign for women’s rights.

At Friday morning's dedication at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, said tugboats are a metaphor for the life's work of her historic ancestor.

The 2018 Seneca Falls Revisited: Women’s Equality Conference kicks off this week. It will include presentations on Frederick Douglass as a suffragist, intersectionality in the women’s movement, and more.

We talk to the conference organizers about what progress in the movement means. Our guests:

One year after worldwide women's marches, thousands more took to the streets in western New York and across the country.

We discuss the issues central to the movement. We also discuss what it means to be active, beyond marching or protesting. Our guests:

  • Mercedes Mike, education organizer for Metro Justice/Alliance for Quality Education who attended marches in Rochester in 2017 and 2018
  • Stephanie Vargas, activist who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.
  • Miriam Zinter, activist who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.
  • Marta Driscoll, program and outreach manager at Causewave Community Partners who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.

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(AP) - The Cuomo administration is inviting teachers across New York to enter a competition to develop classroom projects and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the state. 

New York voters approved a woman's right to vote in November 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted the same right to women nationally. 

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The National Women's Hall of Fame inducted 10 women Saturday, celebrating their pioneering efforts in areas that include medicine, entertainment, the military and politics. There was also a luncheon and ceremony to celebrate 100 years since suffragists gained the right to vote in New York. 

During a conversation before the luncheon at the New York Chiropractic College, the women expressed mostly hope for the future of gender equality, especially in the workplace, which is one of the last frontiers for women's rights activists. 

VoteTilla is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of woman suffrage in New York State. Boats will take a week-long journey on the Erie Canal, stopping at a number of cities from Clyde to Rochester, to commemorate the history of woman suffrage. Activities include reenactments of speeches by activists, films, a parade, and more.

We talk about the celebrations and the history with our guests:

  • Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
  • Bruce Schwendy, co-chair of the Fleet Committee for VoteTilla, and board member for the Canal Society of New York State
  • Jenni Werner, literary director and resident dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center and board member for the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Anne Coon, professor emeritus at the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, writer, and independent scholar

There is a building in Farmington that lost a wall during a windstorm in 2006, and maybe that seemed like no big deal; after all, the building looked old and decrepit. But this was a historic building, the home for debates and discussions on some of the most important subjects in American history: abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, rights for Native Americans. It's called the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, which is celebrating its bicentennial on October 22 and 23.

Our discussion focuses on the history, the role of the meetinghouse in advancing equality, and the upcoming events. In studio:

  • Dr. Judith Wellman, professor emerita of history at SUNY Oswego and former coordinator of Meetinghouse restoration
  • Lyle Jenks, president of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse organization
  • Veronica (Ronnie) Reitter, park supervisor/interpreter for Ganondagan State Historic Site
  • Meg Joseph, executive director, Friends of Ganondagan

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