Female Voters Can Swing By Susan B. Anthony's Grave After They Hit the Polls
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. The iconic suffragist was known to have said, "There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."
And 144 years later, female voters are heeding those words and showering Anthony's gravesite in Rochester, New York with their "I Voted" stickers.
The small but powerful tributes were spotted on her tombstone as early as April, but according to CNN, the stickers are continuously being removed. It's hard to know exactly how many visitors the grave has seen. 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.
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
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. Anthony’s gravesite has become an Election Day rite of passage for many citizens,” Rochester’s mayor Lovely Warren said in a press release reports "Democrat & Chronicle." “With this year’s 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 year’s election holds for women,” Warren added. “It’s 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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