After voting in this year’s midterm elections, masses of women are making their way to Rochester, New York to place their ‘I Voted’ stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s grave.
The first group of voters gathered at Mount Hope Cemetery early this morning to pay their respects to the iconic suffragette.
The first people arrive at 7:05am here at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY to place their “I Voted” stickers at the grave of Susan B. Anthony. It was November 5, 1872 when Anthony illegally voted in the presidential election, resulting in her arrest. #ElectionDay @News_8 pic.twitter.com/4yklblxbqY— John Kucko (@john_kucko) November 6, 2018
This act of gratitude has become an Election Day tradition intended to honor Anthony for her efforts during the women’s rights movement. 146 years ago to the day Anthony was arrested for voting illegally and it wasn’t until 50 years later the 19th Amendment was officially ratified granting women the right to vote nationwide.
Women made a similar passage to Anthony’s gravesite during the 2016 election when Hillary Clinton was the first female major party presidential candidate.
The occasion also inspired a flood of tributes to Anthony on Twitter.
i hope im making Susan B Anthony proud— em srohcna eh (@prattenthusiast) November 6, 2018
The 19th amendment was passed and gave women the right to vote. Women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Caddy Stanton were arrested, beaten, force feed and slandered publicly to gain those rights for themselves and others. You have a right. You have a voice. Go. Vote. pic.twitter.com/d53mfn1YJu— Vanessa Brown (@nessabrown27) 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
Susan B. Anthony continues to be a hero for women across the country who vote proudly in her place.
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers,” – Susan B. Anthony.