Happy Women’s Equality Day

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By Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Matilda Joslyn Gage

By Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Matilda Joslyn Gage

For those of us interested in Susan B. Anthony and her family, the University of Rochester has chosen today to announce a new collection that will give us all cause to celebrate. The UR library, which houses this and other fine Anthony collections, is one of the best places to read between the lines of Susan”s newsworthy public life and her daily dealings with family, which often went unpublicized. Today, Women’s Equality Day, it’s fitting to remember that women have always worked, both inside and outside the home. Today, compared to the time of Susan B. Anthony and her sister-in-law Anna (the penultimate hostess*), women can earn money in many more fields, but seldom enjoy the full economic benefits that working men achieve. For more on this, look at the Ten Best and Worst States for Gender Equality.  *According to Susan’s diaries and census records, for extended periods Anna’s Kansas home with D.R. Anthony housed Susan B. Anthony, Hannah Anthony Mosher (who died there) and her family, and Anna’s brother John Osborn. Some of these visits lasted six months or more.

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