March 8, 2020: Susan B. Anthony Day

WHEREAS, in 1976, the first Susan B. Anthony birthday celebration was held in Jackson, Michigan, sponsored by the Jackson Women’s History Council; and,

 

WHEREAS, the Jackson Women’s History Council established an award in Susan B. Anthony’s name to recognize her legacy and to celebrate the contemporary achievements of women in the Jackson area; and,

 

WHEREAS, fourteen women were recognized as Susan B. Anthony award recipients at the first celebration in 1977; and,

 

WHEREAS, since that time, 203 deserving women and four deserving men have been selected as Susan B. Anthony award recipients, two women have been selected as Emerging Leaders, and numerous awards and scholarships have been granted to Jackson County high school and college students; and,

 

WHEREAS, this celebration is during Women’s History Month in March of 2020;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2020, as Susan B. Anthony Day in Michigan in recognition of her commitment to advocating for women’s rights and in honor of the 2020 award recipients and the Jackson Women’s History council.