The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House has announced that its’ keynote speaker for the 2015 Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon will be Lynn Sherr, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and biographer. The 2015 luncheon theme, Thanks to Susan B., We Can Reach For the Stars!, a celebration of the impact Susan B. Anthony’s life and work has had on subsequent generations of women.
Throughout her career in journalism, Sherr has reported on an array of women’s issues, past and present. Her most recent work, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, was released earlier this year. Sherr, who became close friends with Ride during her coverage of the space shuttle program, says Ride “acknowledged unequivocally that she wouldn’t be at NASA without the women’s movement and the social changes that had taken place”. Sherr is also the author of Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words, a 1996 biography of the great reformer.
“Sally Ride made her way into space, and the history books, over thirty years ago. Yet, recent statistics show that women only make up 24% of those working in STEM fields,” says Deborah L. Hughes, President & CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. “This luncheon will interest anyone fascinated by space and those advocates for advancing opportunities for women and girls in STEM.”
The Susan B. Anthony Luncheon is held each year in mid-February to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s February 15th birthday, to honor contemporary women who continue her legacy, and to raise awareness of the educational and inspirational programs offered by the Museum.
The annual luncheon will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. For more information contact the the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, 17 Madison Street, in Rochester, NY at (585) 279-7490, visit them on the web at www.susanbanthonyhouse.org, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.