People visited suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s grave this election Tuesday, and placed “I voted” stickers on her tombstone in order to honor her tireless work toward securing women the right to vote in America.
But many social media users pointed out the countless black women who have been overlooked and who should also be honored today.
Honoring the black women who helped paved the way so that everyone can vote is important, especially since many white suffragists were actively opposed to the idea of black men and women getting the right to vote, especially before they did.
Twitter users including writers Roxane Gay and Mikki Kendall are urging people to visit the graves of black women who led the fight for gender and racial equality like Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer and Dorothy Height: