Trump Will Pardon Suffragist Figure Susan B. Anthony

She was arrested for voting in 1872
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2020 8:56 AM CDT
Trump to Pardon Suffragist Leader Susan B. Anthony
President Trump speaks at an event at the Wittman Regional Airport Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Oshkosh, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

President Trump said Tuesday he will pardon Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, who was arrested for voting in 1872 in violation of laws permitting only men to vote, per the AP. Anthony is best known for her role in the movement to secure voting rights for women, but she also was a strong anti-slavery and voting rights pioneer. Trump said he would sign “a full and complete pardon” later Tuesday, the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which ensured women the right to vote. It’s also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. His action comes as his support has been eroding among suburban white women in battleground states since his last campaign.

Anthony was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, NY, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. Although she refused to pay the fine, the authorities declined to take further action. The 19th Amendment states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Congress passed it in 1919, and the amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Visiting Anthony’s grave site in Rochester on Election Day has become a popular ritual in recent years. Thousands turned out in 2016 for the presidential match-up between Trump and the nation's first female presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. In 2018, voters showed up by the hundreds to put their “I Voted” stickers on her headstone.

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