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Susan B. Anthony Reminds Us To Take Nothing for Granted

There are many freedoms we take for granted as women today. No one thinks anything of women going to universities, voting, or owning property. But 141 years ago, there were restrictions on all these activities for women. One person devoted her life to the cause of women's suffrage, and we celebrate her on this important day.

On this day in history, one of the greatest civil rights leaders, Susan B. Anthony, was sentenced and fined for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election. Anthony was arrested in November 1872 for "illegally voting" as a woman. Her two-day trial concluded 141 years ago today in Rochester, New York.

At her trial, the judge refused to allow Anthony to testify on her own behalf and, after she was convicted, he read an opinion that he had written before the trial even started. The sentence was a $100 fine to which she declared, "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.” True to her words, she never paid the fine for the rest of her life.

Visit the National Women's History Museum for more information about the remarkable life of Susan B. Anthony. She died in 1906, fourteen years before women received the right to vote, and we are grateful for the groundwork she laid to make it possible.

Visit the Illinois State Board of Elections for upcoming election information or to register to vote.




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