Linda D. Anderson, 53, a former Arlington florist who had been active in the women's rights movement in Washington and Northern Virginia, died Dec. 31 at Arlington Hospital. She had cancer and a liver ailment.

Mrs. Anderson, who came to the Washington area in the 1960s, became a founding member of the Northern Virginia Women's Political Caucus in 1977. In the early 1980s, she spent two years as chairman of the organization and served in 1982 as treasurer of the Virginia Women's Political Caucus, which spearheaded the unsuccessful state campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

From 1983 to 1985, she was associate director for legislative affairs of the National Women's Political Caucus in Washington.

Mrs. Anderson was a native of Rochester, N.Y. She attended Macalester College in Minnesota. From 1991 to 1996, she owned and operated Reed's Florist in Arlington. An Arlington resident, she had lived in Chili, N.Y., since becoming ill about a year and a half ago.

She was a member of the Arlington Unitarian and Universalist Church.

Her marriage to Dean Anderson ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Erik Anderson of Japan and Matthew Anderson of Olympia, Wash.; her parents, Shirley and Herbert Davis of Chili; a brother; and a sister.