Tons of Women Are Putting Their “I Voted” Stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s Grave
This election season has been a wild ridebut one, ultimately, that has continued to remind us here at Allure not only why we vote, but more so, the importance of feminism in 2016. Which brings us back to perhaps the most, if definitely not one of, iconic feminists in history: a certain Susan B. Anthony. A pioneer for women’s rights, Anthony was one of 15 women arrested and later convicted for casting a ballot in the 1872 election. She died 14 years before the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, which granted women the right to vote.
But since 1920, there hasn’t been a female candidate for President, of course, until now. And women are making sure Anthony’s work isn’t getting lost in the noise of the 2016 election in a specific, moving way: 144 years later, female voters are truly heeding those words by showering Anthony’s gravesite in Rochester, New York with their “I Voted” stickers.
The small yet powerful tributes have been spotted on her tombstone as early as April, but according to CNN, the stickers are continuously removed so it’s hard to know just how many visitors she gets. But due to the nature of 2016’s historic election, the cemetery has noticed that the gravesite has been overrun with people attempting to pay their respects to the feminist.
Considering Anthony’s tombstone has become a popular spot for voters to celebrate their rights and Anthony’s inspiring memory, the city of Rochester has decided to keep the cemetery open extra hours on November 8.
Visiting Susan B. Anthonys gravesite has become an Election Day rite of passage for many citizens, Rochesters mayor Lovely Warren said in a press release, reports Democrat & Chronicle. With this years historically significant election, it seems right to extend that opportunity until the polls close.
Rochester is also distributing commemorative stickers with photos of Anthony that say I Voted Today Because of Women Like Her” to truly celebrate the first election in which a woman, Hillary Clinton, was named the nominee of a major political party.
I can imagine she would have wanted to be part of the significant history this years election holds for women, Warren added. Its only proper that we invited Ms. Anthony to be a part of this important moment.
So make sure you (plus your mom, grandma and great grandma) hit the polls on Tuesday and then swing by Anthony’s grave to share a drink and a high-five with the nastiest women we all know.
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