Paying homage to suffragettes on Election Day

By: McKenna Palczak

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On Nov. 8, women took to the streets to thank the suffragettes of the early 1900’s for fighting for their right to vote on Election Day.

The year 1920 was an iconic year for women. It was the year women were granted the equal right to vote, all thanks to the many women who protested and worked tirelessly to earn that right.

On Election Day women nationwide thought it was only proper to thank these women by placing their “I Voted” stickers on their markers, or tombstones. Flowers and signs were placed at such graves, and thousands of people came to pay homage.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the “brains” of the women’s suffrage movement, lived right in Johnstown where the Berkshire bank is now located. Many stickers were placed on the history marker outside of the bank.

Many women also went to Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Massachusetts, where a live feed on allowed people to watch people constantly coming and going, placing flowers and stickers on her grave.

Susan B. Anthony was called the “face” of the women’s rights operation. Anthony and Stanton became the best of friends after meeting at an anti-slavery convention in Europe. After their meeting they were best friends and partners in crime in pushing for women’s right to vote.

Although Hilary Clinton did not win the election, it is a win in the hearts of many that a woman finally became a presidential candidate. This was also a win for the suffragettes and their movement, and shows our country that we have come so far since 1920, and we continue to progress.

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