President’s Message – March 2014


While watching the news, absorbing the uneasy, unsettling and frightening realities of the continuing struggles across the globe for freedom, democracy, equality and human dignity, I am reminded that March is the month for acknowledging and celebrating Women’s History. I prefer to remember.


“In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams, urging him and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain.”
The future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.”

That letter was written almost 150 years before the 19th amendment was signed into law. And then, approximately 50 years before the 19th amendment became law, Susan B. Anthony became a hallmark of the non-violent campaign to continue the struggle for women’s rights. Women were citizens without a voice in their own destiny. Tragically, we are watching citizens of entire countries fighting for their rights today.

This month, you will have the opportunity to meet Susan B., right here in Philadelphia! Really!

The Independence National Historical Park is the place for Remembering The Ladies every weekend in the month of March. Look at their website for all the details. I will be there!

Meet Susan B. Anthony and hear about the uphill battles suffragists faced in gaining the right to vote, including her courageous acts of civil disobedience for women’s rights in the shadow of Independence Hall in 1876. Explore with her, after 138 years, how far we’ve come in the struggle for equal rights in the United States in this special FREE Congress Hall program: Battling for the Ballot Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Time: 2 PM Location: Congress Hall – enter at the Independence Square security screening area at 5th and Chestnut Streets

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