Women Adorn Susan B. Anthony’s Headstone with Voting Stickers

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Anyone familiar with the name “Susan B. Anthony” would recognize it as the name of one of the women who helped to advance the women’s voting rights movement.

Though Anthony did not live to see women receive the sacred right, in the form the 19th Amendment, in 1920, she was heavily honored on Election Day. After casting their ballots on Tuesday, many women visited Anthony’s grave in Rochester, New York and decorated her grave with their “I voted” stickers as a means of thanking the suffragist for her efforts. Apparently, this practice has become an Election Day tradition since 2016, when Hilary Clinton became the first female candidate to run for president.

Many took to social media to share their gratitude:

Though she had been arrested for illegally voting back in the 1872 election, there is no doubt Anthony would have been overjoyed to know that, not only did the efforts of her and her colleagues pay off, but also that many women are running for office. 235 female candidates have their names on House ballots across the country, for both parties and 22 more women have run for seats in Senate. These numbers dash the previous records set in 2012 with 18 for the Senate and in 2016 with 167 for the House.

Despite all the love from so many admirers, not everyone is giving Anthony her due. Why? When the 19th Amendment was ratified, only white women were given the privilege of voting. Women of color had to wait until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was signed into effect, meaning that at least in a few states, they were still barred from casting a ballot. Because of this, Anthony has been labeled a racist by those less than thrilled with the annual sticker tradition:

Regardless of whether or not you’re an avid admirer of Susan B. Anthony and her efforts, one thing is clear: though she may not have lived to see her goal achieved, Anthony will continue to be honored for her work in helping to give women their say in the political arena.

Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker is a Journalism and Emerging Media major at KSU and an intern at Hers Magazine as well as AllWrite Publishing.

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