#SueBSays: Still Relevant Wit And Wisdom Of Susan B. Anthony Resurrected On Twitter

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Susan B. Anthony’s last public speech ended with the now famous phrase, “Failure is impossible.” It became the battle cry that continued to fuel the women’s suffrage movement long after her death. Had social media existed then, “Sue B,” the mother of the epic “mic drop” moment, would likely have been one of the most hashtag-able women on the internet. And now, well over 100 years later, she’s poised to be just that, thanks to a new Twitter campaign that brings her still relevant wit and wisdom to the 21st century.

Using the hashtag #SueBSays, researchers from the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center launched its Twitter campaign three weeks ago, on August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, to coincide with the historic, game-changing Constitutional adoption of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the U.S.

The goal is to let a whole new generation of people make personal connections with this legendary thought leader.

It’s a modern presentation of the pioneering suffragist’s thoughts on issues “we the people” still sadly struggle with in the year 2015. “While reading through her personal letters, we saw that her insights are as relevant today as over 100 years ago,” said Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center.

Over the next 10 months, the campaign will continue to post two tweets a week that address a variety of social issues, including education, voting, and race relations, as well as topics that wouldn’t automatically be associated with Anthony’s life, like mental health and relationships. The #SueBSays content, which is the culmination of three years of research, is made up of quotes that come directly from Anthony’s correspondence to friends, family, and other suffrage leaders.

The goal is to let a whole new generation of people make personal connections with this legendary thought leader.

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