Women Are Proudly Covering Susan B. Anthony’s Grave in “I Voted” Stickers
"Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it."
In 1872, women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony illegally voted in a presidential election, for which she was later fined (though she refused to pay it). Anthony died in 1906 at the age of 86 without ever seeing a woman’s right to vote materialize, but she is considered a pivotal figure in the in the women’s suffrage movement.
“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it,” she once said.
— Elizabeth Drescher (@edrescherphd) November 6, 2018
Today is considered to be one of the most important midterm elections in modern-day history, as it will determine the balance of power in Washington and, as of now, it looks as though it could really go in any direction. There are a record number of women running for office, and early voting indicates there will be a massive turnout for the midterms.
It is therefore fitting that on today of all days, women are leaving their “I Voted” Stickers on her grave in Rochester, New York.
The first people arrive at 7:05am here at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY to place their “I Voted” stickers at the grave of Susan B. Anthony. It was November 5, 1872 when Anthony illegally voted in the presidential election, resulting in her arrest. #ElectionDay @News_8 pic.twitter.com/4yklblxbqY
— John Kucko (@john_kucko) November 6, 2018
Something similar occurred during the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ins 2016.
I voted and made my pilgrimage to Susan B. Anthony’s grave with an “I voted” sticker. It’s pouring rain today, so here is a better image from Election Day 2016. #MidtermElections2018 #VoteToday #ElectionDay #BeAVoter #Election2018 #IVoted pic.twitter.com/8xVh1KC11o
— Dr. Gail M Seigel 🌊🌊 (@eyedoc333) November 6, 2018
This year, however, those voting are hoping for better results.
— Tymoni Correa-B. (@tcorreabuntley) November 6, 2018
And more on important historical champions of voting rights, read up on the 20 Lesser-Known Civil Rights Figures You Need to Know About.
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