What do you remember learning about Susan B. Anthony in school? The name might sound familiar, and many people can still remember when her face was on a silver coin, but too many people don’t remember the real reason that she should be remembered and honored today!
She was born on February 15, 1820. She died nearly 100 years later in 1906. Yes, she was on a coin, but not because she balanced the national budget or led a war. She helped women eventually gain the right to vote.
She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York, and after every election, no matter how small, this happens to her gravestone:
“It was we, the people, not we, the white male citizens, nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed this Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings or liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people—women as well as men. And it is downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic-republican government—the ballot.”
Outrageously, the right for women to vote wasn’t granted until 14 years after her death. That’s why this small tribute is such a big deal. Each and every woman owes Susan B. Anthony a great deal for her life-long battle for equality between the sexes. Dozens of women make the trip to her grave after an election and press their “I Voted” stickers on her grave. They are saying, “Thank you,” and “you did it,” and “yes, your sacrifices were worth it.” It honors her memory. If only she could see it now.