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Trump Issues Posthumous Pardon to Suffragist Susan B. Anthony

HeadlineAug 19, 2020

President Trump on Tuesday pardoned suffragist Susan B. Anthony in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Anthony was arrested in 1872 for voting when women were banned from the process. In response, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted, “As highest ranking woman elected official in New York and on behalf of Susan B. Anthony’s legacy we demand Trump rescind his pardon. She was proud of her arrest to draw attention to the cause for women’s rights, and never paid her fine. Let her Rest In Peace, Donald Trump.” The 19th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago in 1920, 14 years after Anthony’s death. It was not implemented equally. Black women wouldn’t enjoy full voting rights for decades, until passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Anthony herself has been accused of racism for focusing on white women’s suffrage instead of voting rights for all women.

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