Susan B. Anthony Day

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Susan B. Anthony Day
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Susan B. Anthony
Observed by United States (California, Florida, Wisconsin, New York, and West Virginia)
Type National
Date February 15
Next time February 15, 2016 (2016-02-15)
Frequency annual

Susan B. Anthony Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony and women's suffrage in the United States. The holiday is February 15—Anthony's birthday.[1] In the state of Wisconsin, Susan B. Anthony Day is an established state holiday, which was enacted into law April 15, 1976, from the 1975 Laws of Wisconsin, Chapter 307, section 20.[2] Likewise, this holiday is also commemorated in Florida as a legal state holiday.[3] In West Virginia, this day is celebrated on Election Day on even years.[4] This holiday is not celebrated at a national level. In 1985, The Seattle Times reported on a campaign to establish the holiday as one celebrated nationally.[5] (Other holidays that are not commemorated on an official federal level in the U.S. but widely observed are St. Patrick's Day and Arbor Day.) [6] The U.S. state of California has also made this day a legal holiday as of 2014.[7] In 2004, New York governor George Pataki signed legislation that made this a holiday in that state.[8]

On February 11, 2011, Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York introduced the "Susan B. Anthony Birthday Act" (H.R. #655) to the 112th session of Congress to honor the birthday as a U.S. national holiday on the third Monday of February.[9][10] The bill was not enacted and its current status is "dead".[11]

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