On Election Day two years ago, when Hillary Clinton was the first female major-party candidate for president, women flocked to Susan B. Anthony’s grave to affix their “I voted” stickers to her tombstone.
On Tuesday, with more women running for office in the United States than ever before, the Mount Hope Cemetery tradition is happening again. Photos of stickers on Anthony’s tombstone and impromptu selfies started popping up around 7:30 a.m.
Anthony died in Rochester in 1906, 14 years before women gained the right to vote in the United States.
But as The Washington Post’s Ben Guarino has noted, on Nov. 5, 1872, Anthony cast a ballot for Ulysses S. Grant in the presidential election, after convincing election inspectors to let her vote.
“Well I have been & gone & done it!!” she wrote in a letter to a fellow women’s suffragist. “Positively voted the Republican ticket — strait this a.m. at 7 O’clock.”
Two weeks later, she was arrested by a U.S. marshal. Anthony spent the months leading up to her trial lobbying for women’s right to vote.
In July, when Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president, the city of Rochester posted a thank-you letter next to Anthony’s tombstone.