Gather round children, it’s time for a history lesson.
Susan Brownell Anthony is a prominent figure in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1852, she and lifelong coworker and friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the New York Women’s State Temperance Society. They petition for the abolishment of slavery and in 1866 they turned their attention to founding the American Equal Rights Association. The duo campaigned for equal rights for both women and African Americans and together, published a women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution.
They were two serious badasses.
Anthony basically dedicated her entire life to the equal rights and treatment of women but sadly died in 1906, 14 years before women were permitted to vote in The United States.
Today, as Hillary Clinton runs for president, women are visiting Anthony’s grave and leaving placing “I Voted” stickers on her headstone. The small act is a massive statement of praise and gratitude.
“Visiting Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite has become an Election Day rite of passage for many citizens,” Mayor Lovely Warren said in a news release.
“With this year’s historically significant election, it seems right to extend that opportunity until the polls close.”
“I can imagine she would have wanted to be part of the significant history this year’s election holds for women,” Warren said. “It’s only proper that we invited Ms. Anthony to be a part of this important moment.”
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