Why We Celebrate Susan B. Anthony On President’s Day

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt

02.15.2019

WASHINGTON –  The National Organization for Women (NOW)  has traditionally celebrated Susan B. Anthony’s birthday (February 15, 1820) instead of President’s Day in honor of this advocate of equal rights – including women’s right to vote. Anthony, who was actually arrested for attempting to vote, would be thrilled and probably astounded to learn that on her 199th birthday, there is a record number of women who have already declared their candidacy for president of the United States.  

NOW is delighted to have endorsed five of the major female candidates in past elections (Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Gabbard, and Warren), and all of them have proudly identified themselves as feminists. While throughout history, we have had lone feminist female candidates run- including Shirley Chisholm, Victoria Woodhull, Carol Moseley Braun, and Hillary Clinton – this year,  presidential politics has finally opened up to include multiple women running for the highest office in the land.

The feminist female candidates of 2019 are breaking barriers and making history, just like those who came before them. On this President’s Day, we celebrate HERstory and appreciate the legacy of Susan B. Anthony.

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