Today, on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, President Trump has announced that he will grant a posthumous pardon to influential suffragette Susan B. Anthony.
Anthony was arrested for illegally voting in the 1872 presidential election in her hometown of Rochester, NY.
At a two-day trial in June 1873, Anthony was found guilty by an all-male jury and fined $100 — which she refused to pay. Anthony testified, “Your denial of my citizen’s right to vote is the denial of my right of consent as one of the governed…the denial of my sacred rights to life, liberty, property.” Her arrest and trial brought the cause of woman’s suffrage to national attention.
“She was never pardoned. Did you know that? She was never pardoned,” President Trump said on Tuesday. “What took so long? She was guilty for voting, and we’re going to be signing a full and complete pardon.”
Anthony died in 1906, 14 years before Congress ratified the 19th amendment, which 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.”