Election Day 2016: Paying homage to Susan B. Anthony

Well, what to say about the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton’s defeat that hasn’t already been beaten to death? We all know the story now. As a nation, we endured a ridiculously long and painful election season that ended up in an upset win that no one really expected.

I’ve waited to blog these images of Susan B. Anthony’s grave on election day until now to gain distance, clarity and to gather my thoughts on the 2016 election.

 

Paying Homage to Susan B. Anthony on Election Day

On election day 2016, I flew back to Rochester from Houston early enough to go vote for the first woman major party candidate and then biked over to our gorgeous Mount Hope Cemetery to document the crowds paying homage to Rochester local, Susan B. Anthony.

I was honored to participate in documenting this momentous moment in time for a documentary by Linda Moroney about the outpouring of love for our Rochester Suffragist.

There were over 8,000 people who waiting in lines as long as 3 hours to place their “I voted today!” stickers on the tombstone of Susan and her sister Mary. It was a stunningly beautiful Fall day in Rochester and the mood was so positive, so light, so peaceful and friendly. If there is indeed a Liberal bubble, this was its epicenter.

infographic history of feminism and women's suffrage

So many different people came through the cemetery that day. From women who were born the year that women finally earned the right to vote, to women veterans, to little babies, it was one big love fest of people from all walks of life coming to pay homage to one of the leading ladies in earning the right to vote. Yes, she was not the only person to lead Suffragists, however Susan B. Anthony’s legacy was being honored because she was arrested for attempting to vote and today we women are all able to freely vote and if we so chose, to vote for a woman as a Presidential Candidate.

Susan B. Anthony's grave on Election Day 2016

Harnessing History: Susan B Anthony’s grave and tombstone on Election Day 2016 in Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery.

The crowds began when Rochester’s own first female Mayor, Lovely Warren, visited Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite when Hillary won the nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention and left a letter of thanks to Susan B. Anthony.

Whatever your personal politics, this was a historic election.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony's grave in Mount Hope Cemetery on Election Day 2016 with women honoring Hillary Clinton as first female presidential candidate.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony's grave in Mount Hope Cemetery on Election Day 2016 with women honoring Hillary Clinton as first female presidential candidate.

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