Moving Pics Show Women Leaving ‘I Voted' Stickers On Susan B. Anthony's Grave
In case you didn't realize, we have the chance to make history on Tuesday.
Americans are casting their votes for the woman with the best ever chance of becoming president: Hillary Clinton.
That's right, in the 240 years America has been around, we have yet to have a female president, even though so many other countries around the world have had female leaders for decades.
But it's cool, whatever. Sexism isn't real, haha…
Another fun history fact about America is that less than a hundred years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Suffragettes fought for that right for decades before the 19th amendment was passed in 1920, granting women the right to vote.
Of course, that doesn't mean that once 1920 hit, all women had the right to vote. Women of color especially were denied the right to vote through voter suppression laws and voter intimidation.
It's been a long battle to the status we're at now, where most Americans have the free right to vote. There are still barriers, like voter ID laws, few polling places in impoverished places and polls with short open times.
Our voting rights were pushed open thanks to suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.
For whatever reason, feminists' attention has been focused on Anthony over the course of the past year in Clinton's campaign.
During the New York primary vote, people left their “I Voted” stickers on Anthony's grave up in Rochester, New York.
For the general election, people are doing the same.
Starting Tuesday morning, women, children and men lined up at Anthony's grave to leave their stickers and other mementos. There were at least 250 people there, according to New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir.
The line to Anthony's grave swung around the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mementos were left at Anthony's grave.
Little girls joined their families to put an “I Voted” sticker on Anthony's grave.
Some women wore white, which suffragists symbolically wore (and Clinton wore when she accepted the Democratic nomination).
Soon enough, Anthony's grave was absolutely covered in “I Voted” stickers.
The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, where Stanton is buried, also got in on some of the “I Voted” action.
As did Johnstown, New York, where Stanton was born.
Tuesday is certainly a moving day for women everywhere.
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