Vot­ers mark his­toric elec­tion at Su­san B. An­thony’s grave

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— As vot­ers streamed to polling sta­tions to cast their bal­lots, a very dif­fer­ent place was also draw­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple with democ­racy on their minds: Mount Hope Ceme­tery.

It is the fi­nal rest­ing place of Su­san B. An­thony, the 19th-cen­tury suf­fragette and so­cial ac­tivist who fought for the right of women to vote — but who died in 1906, 14 years be­fore women were given the right to cast bal­lots in the U.S.

An­thony’s grave­stone was cov­ered in “I Voted” stick­ers — placed there on elec­tion day, which saw vot­ers for the first time mark­ing bal­lots with the name of the fe­male pres­i­den­tial can­di­date from a ma­jor party.

“I’m vot­ing for the first wo­man pres­i­dent,” Gil­lian Paris, who af­fixed her sticker to An­thony’s marker shortly af­ter sun­rise, told the Rochester Demo­crat and Chron­i­cle. “As a wo­man I can vote be­cause of the sac­ri­fices she made.”

A steady stream of peo­ple lined up at Mount Hope Ceme­tery, start­ing be­fore dawn, to pay re­spects to the women’s suf­frage leader.

Demo­crat Lovely War­ren is the city’s first fe­male mayor, and she passed out stick­ers with An­thony’s im­age to vis­i­tors.

She told the New York Times that “if I could do back flips, I would be do­ing back flips.

“To me, that means, as a wo­man, there are no shack­les and no chains to what we can ac­com­plish,” she said.


Brenda Klein was among those who made a pil­grim­age on Tues­day to the grave of women’s suf­frage leader Su­san B. An­thony in Rochester, N.Y.

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