On Election Day, women go to suffragette Susan B. Anthony’s grave to leave their “I voted” stickers
In what’s become an Election Day tradition, women once again flocked to suffrage icon Susan B. Anthony’s burial site to place their “I voted” stickers on the headstone.
Anthony’s grave, located at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y., is now a place where some women come to pay their respects after exercising their own right to vote, which Anthony fought for over 146 years ago. She was arrested for voting illegally in 1872. It was another nearly half century before women were legally given the right to vote via the 19th amendment.
On this day 146 years ago, Susan B. Anthony cast an illegal presidential vote that led to her arrest. Now, women visit her grave on election days to honor her fight for women's suffrage pic.twitter.com/55lM22IRh1
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 6, 2018
She famously said, “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” Now, Anthony was by no means perfect and it’s known that she didn’t do much to help women of color gain the right to vote, but her efforts are still recognized for having blazed a trail that so many activists of every background continue to work toward furthering along today.
That’s why women visit her burial site to “show” her that they’re using the right she fought so hard for.
An #ElectionDay Tradition: For many years, voters have come to the gravesite of Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, NY and placed their “I Voted” stickers here. Despite wind driven rain in WNY today, that tradition continues. @News_8 @NatalieKucko @CarolineKucko pic.twitter.com/ERifToozIs
— John Kucko (@john_kucko) November 6, 2018
146 years ago this week, Susan B. Anthony cast her vote in a presidential election. Today, hundreds will honor her legacy with their 'I Voted' stickers at her grave at Mt. Hope Cemetery #ROC #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/lDLmly3IF7
— 13WHAM (@13WHAM) November 6, 2018
Even though it was raining on and off most of today, it didn’t stop people from making the trip.
The ritual was a little bit better attended back in 2016, which probably has to do with the much sunnier weather — and the fact that a lot of us thought we were about to get our first woman president. SIGH.
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
But still, the stickers are definitely piling up today, in spite of the rain.
— Tymoni Correa-B. (@tcorreabuntley) November 6, 2018
It would likely do Anthony very proud to know that not only do women have the right to vote, there are also a number of women running for office this year. A record number, in fact.
— Kat Cohen (@Ksway_today) November 6, 2018
Women – get out and VOTE!!! Look forward to seeing Susan B. Anthony's gravestone here at University of Rochester completely covered by the end of today! #RochesterNY @UofR #Vote #ElectionDay2018 #WomenVote https://t.co/G8x6sdn1GP
— Catherine K. Kuo (@KuoLab) November 6, 2018
As Anthony once said, “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”