144 years ago tomorrow, Susan B. Anthony became the first woman ever to vote in an American presidential election, though she was arrested afterwards and put on trial. Refusing to pay the $100 fine, Anthony made a speech that kickstarted both the early women’s movement and the suffragettes, criticizing the white, wealthy male aristocracy that ruled the US.
Fast forward to today: the white, straight male system is still in place, but a woman is now running for president, and throughout this historic election, women have been honoring Anthony by decorating her Rochester, New York grave with stickers showing they’ve performed their civic duty—the one she fought to ensure.
Susan B. Anthony was never able to vote, so women are leaving “I voted” stickers on her grave in Rochester. pic.twitter.com/ilBUwvJqns
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 7, 2016
To help women pay their respects to the feminist icon on Election Day, Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, has announced Mt. Hope Cemetery, where Anthony is buried, will stay open tomorrow past normal hours, 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” she said. “It’s only proper that we invited Ms. Anthony to be a part of this important moment.”