Famous face of the Women’s Rights movement and fearless suffragette Susan B. Anthony was arrested for illegally voting in 1872, and convicted in a highly publicized trial. Days before her death in 1906 she delivered a moving speech at her 86th birthday celebration where she said,
“There have been others also just as true and devoted to the cause — I wish I could name every one — but with such women consecrating their lives, failure is impossible!”
And thus, “failure is impossible” became a trademark statement for the women’s movement.
The 19th amendment wouldn’t be officially passed until August of 1920, so Anthony never was able to legally vote during her lifetime.
Leaving an ‘I Voted!’ sticker on her grave in Rochester, New York is a tradition for many women, but given that we are able to vote for a female Presidential candidate for the first time in the history of our nation, it’s especially moving this year.
Because of the influx of women coming by to pay homage to the Anthony, and her unwavering pursuit for the rights of women everywhere, the Mt. Hope Cemetery will be extending its hours until the polls close tomorrow, November 8th at 9 PM.