Voters Honor Susan B. Anthony As First Woman Makes Major Party Presidential Ballot
By Web Staff
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On this Election Day some Rochester voters are making an additional stop after hitting the polls: Mt. Hope Cemetery.
They are doing so to visit the grave of a champion of the woman’s rights movement; Susan B. Anthony, who played an important role in getting women the right to vote. However, she died in 1906, 14 years before women won that right.
For 96 years though, women have had the right to vote in this country, and this year, Hillary Clinton is the first woman nominated by a major political party to run for United States President.
“This is a first opportunity that we’ve been able to vote for a woman for President of the United States, so that’s just so profound,” Rochester resident Tammy Reynolds said.
“It means so much to be able to make this pilgrimage to her grave and to be able to celebrate the work of all the women who did so much work for human rights, and for women’s rights,” Rochester resident Anne Meredith said.
“I have four daughters who are all involved in the political process and eager to vote and my mother was very involved in politics back in the 50’s when women weren’t so involved in politics at a local level,” Canandaigua resident Mickey Record said.
People have been sending “I Voted” stickers to the Susan B Anthony House from all 50 states in her honor and locally, voters are just swinging by the cemetery to leave their stickers right at her grave site.
Also celebrating with voters at Mt. Hope Cemetery was several women elected to serve office in Monroe County.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren along with City Council President Loretta Scott gathered at the gravesite to honor Susan B. Anthony’s tireless work as a leading advocate in women’s rights.
“Here in Rochester, we’re very progressive,” Warren said. “We have mostly women on city council, we have a woman mayor, county executive, congresswoman and it is because of the sacrifice that Susan B. Anthony made so many years ago that we’re able to do this.”
“I think our community has always been progressive in our own Rochester way,” Scott said. “We’re not known to be firebrands with a lot of stuff, but we are accepting and inclusive so it’s not as big of a deal for women to be in leadership positions here. I think that we’ve set the standards for many in this area.”
Area congresswoman Louise Slaughter also made a stop at the gravesite.
The city of Rochester has extended hours at the cemetery for Election Day, keeping it open until until the polls in New York close at 9 p.m. so people to visit the historic grave.