From 1850 through her death in 1906, from her home in Rochester, New York and in her travels across the country, Susan B. Anthony helped lead the fight for women’s rights. Now a Rochester company is set to tell this story for the digital age.
With the backing of the Library of Congress, Second Avenue Learning is building a computer program on the history of women’s suffrage. It will be available via a mobile app and accessible to all. “We have more than three generations of women fighting over time for this essential right,” says Second Avenue Learning CEO VIctoria Van Voorhis. “It’s an amazing story to tell.”
Second Avenue Learning Creative Director Susan Colodny says work on the app is well underway. “We’re a couple of months into the design process. ” Both she and Van Voorhis say the team is having fun. “We’re all learning as we go.” The product will allow users to explore women’s suffrage state by state. It will also include civics lessons for use in any classroom, including historic events such as Susan B. Anthony’s trial, the Seneca Falls Convention and the protests and parades to promote the 19th amendment. “It wasn’t just Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady, it’s over 70 years, a lot of miles and a number of states,” Van Voorhis says.
Second Avenue Learning will be drawing from the vast archives of the Library of Congress and resources in its own backyard: The Susan B. Anthony House, the University of Rochester, and even the Strong Museum of Play, which will help test interactive games.
Of all the companies in the U.S. to tell this story, it’s fitting that Second Avenue Learning was chosen for the job. It was founded by a woman, focuses on education and is located in the very place where women’s suffrage took off. The app will launch next year, 100 years after Susan B. Anthony’s dream was realized and women won the right to vote.
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