Sticky tribute

Women are leaving ‘I voted’ stickers on the grave of one of history’s greatest suffragists

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Women’s suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony once said that “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”

With the country on the eve of possibly electing a woman to the highest office in the nation, many women are traveling to the grave of Anthony, who died in 1906, to pay tribute to the nation’s best-known suffragists.

Anthony is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, the same place she was arrested and later convicted of attempting to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, would not be passed until 1920.

“I voted” stickers began to show up on the headstone of Anthony’s grave sometime in October, according to CNN. The stickers get removed periodically, so the number of stickers varies from photo to photo. But those seeking to pay their respects to Anthony keep showing up.

“It’s very powerful that people are looking back to this woman in history,” Deborah L. Hughes, Susan B. Anthony House director, told Time Warner Cable News. “She knew she was the icon of the movement. She would have been the first to say, ‘It’s not just me. It’s thousands of other women and men who worked to get us to a point where this is possible.'”

Putting stickers on the headstone of a historical marker might seem rude, almost like a light version of the Boneghazi scandal, but the city doesn’t seem to mind. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that the city has put out its own set of stickers as well as extra posterboards for people to place them. The cemetery’s caretakers are also putting in lights so that Anthony’s gravesite will be able to stay open late until 9 PM on Election Day for any last-minute voters seeking to commune with the deceased suffragette.