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Susan B. Anthony

One hundred years ago, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that the 19th Amendment would survive. It came down to Tennessee, which became a kind of battleground. Some of the biggest figures of the time fought for and against suffrage.

Author Elaine Weiss details the struggle in her new book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Weiss will be the keynote speaker for the Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon in Rochester.

She joins us to discuss her book, and we address other issues related to equality in modern times. Our guests:

The Agitators tells the story of sometimes-difficult friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Both wanted equality; on occasion their work pitted themselves against each other.

The production at Geva involves only two cast members, and tracks their remarkable 45-year relationship. It's a history lesson that feels more important than ever today. Our guests:

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Thousands of committed voters have each been waiting upwards of 90 minutes at Mount Hope Cemetery to get a closer look at the grave belonging to Susan B. Anthony.

Visitors from near and far are paying respects to the pioneer on Election Day and leaving behind their “I Voted Today” stickers on her headstone.

Judy Henderson, of Rochester, said her two daughters who currently live in Boston and San Francisco, returned home and insisted the family make a stop at the cemetery. 

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has extended the hours of operation at Mount Hope Cemetery on Election Day, so people can visit the grave of Susan B. Anthony.

There has already been a steady stream of visitors – some from out of state - to Anthony's grave site in recent days. They've left flowers, notes and 'I Just Voted' stickers.

Deborah Hughes, executive director of at the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum, says in a year when two women are on the presidential ballot in most states, many people feel a very real emotional connection to the work of the suffragist leader.

Have you ever wondered what Susan B. Anthony might think of the current presidential campaign? How about what she might think of the debate over "women's issues" in 2016?

The director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester will make a public presentation titled "If Susan B. Anthony Were Alive Today..." Kate Cerulli will include insight based on a review of letters written by Susan B. Anthony, and will offer ideas about what advice Susan B. Anthony might give to women today. Our guests:

The annual Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon is coming up, and their guest speaker, Lynn Sherr, joins us. Sherr is a journalist and author, both of a book about Sally Ride, and a biography about Susan B. Anthony. We are also joined by Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.

The University of Rochester has acquired a newly discovered collection of letters written by Susan B. Anthony to another women's rights activist, Rachel Foster Avery. What can we learn from these letters and what can they tell us about the suffrage movement? We discuss this with our panel: 

Jim Kuhn, Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer director of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries

Lori Birrell, curator of historical manuscripts collections at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries

Dr. Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership

The Susan B. Anthony House has been granted an official state charter as a museum.

Executive Director Deborah Hughes says they'll soon unveil the official new name, The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.

Click on the audio player above to listen to a portion of Hughes’ interview on 1370 Connection with WXXI’s Bob Smith on Tuesday, February 7.

The name change comes with an expanded range of exhibits and programs designed to bring visitors in touch with Anthony and the women's rights movement she helped found.