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Nora Bredes, a former New York legislator and director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadreship, will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Legacy Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 9.

The event is a UR tradition that celebrates the achievement of women’s rights,  held in honor of Anthony’s birthday, which falls on Feb. 15, and her fight for women to attend UR.

Bredes was instrumental in shaping the Anthony Center — she served as its director for 12 years — and dedicated much of her life to helping women succeed in their political aspirations.

Program Coordinator for the Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership Aimmee Senise Bohn described Bredes as “determined, committed and principled” and as someone who “deeply understood the subtle and the not-so-subtle barriers that still exist to women’s full equality.”

“We want to recognize Nora for the exemplary way in which she understood and lived by the values of Susan B. Anthony,” Bohn said.

Bredes worked in politics for more than 20 years, during which time she directed the New York League of Conservation Voters and executed a candidacy for U.S. Congress, among many other achievements. Bredes, who was also an advocate for environmental and public health issues, passed away in August 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Bredes’ husband Jack Hunter will accept the award for her. One of her former students Julianne Nigro ’09 will present the accolade at Thursday’s dinner and give a talk entitled “You are Susan B. Anthony.”

At the dinner, six students will also be presented with scholarships and awards. Susan B. Anthony Scholarships will be awarded to juniors Kelly Mulrey and Molly O’Rourk. This year’s Susan B. Anthony Prize will be given to senior Birx Allen, while this year’s Jane R. Plitt award will be given to senior Allison Shaber. The Dean Ruth Merrill Award will go to senior Rainie Spiva and the Fannie Bigelow Prizes will go to sophomore Lendsey Achudi and Take Five Scholar Naomi Ahsan.

Buletti is a member of the class of 2013.

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