Women in New York City are visiting the resting place of Susan B. Anthony today and leaving their "I Voted" stickers on her grave. This is a touching sentiment for this historic election as it is the first time we can vote for a woman, Hillary Clinton, who stands a chance at becoming the president elect. Susan B. Anthony was a leader of the suffragette movement, and in 1856 she was the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. She was vocal about her anti-slavery stance and championed equality.
However, when it came to the suffragette movement she was not a champion for every woman. She fought for the rights of white women, but ignored how the civil rights movement and suffragette movement intersected in the place of black women. Her fight was skewed by her position as a white woman and she chose to ignore the nuances of the fight in order to push it forward. Essentially, she dropped one fight in order to focus on the other, rather than seeing them as one in the same battle.
She used allusions to slavery like, "The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it," (1870 letter to English Suffragettes) but did not use these words to fight for black women. Susan B. Anthony was an important woman and her work should be honored, but she was not the only woman fighting and she was not perfect.
What we can gleam from this is the idea of honoring all women who fought for our right to vote, not just Susan B. Anthony. Here are other women's graves you can visit and honor today:
Ida B. Wells, Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown, Massachusetts.
Harriet Tubman, Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York.
Mathilde Franziska Anneke, Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jane Cunningham Croly, Evergreen Cemetery, Lakewood, Ocean County, New Jersey.