Every election year, women cast their ballots and trek to Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York to proudly place their “I Voted” stickers on the headstone of women’s suffrage heroine Susan B. Anthony.
Unfortunately, evidence of Anthony’s racial bias has been pushed aside, enabling the erasure of her women of color counterparts who also fought tirelessly for the right to vote.
Next Election Day, when you’re looking for a home for your “I Voted“ stickers you can also consider the burial place of Sojourner Truth in Battle Creek Michigan. Her 1851 speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” is still heralded by educators and historians to this day.
Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago also houses a great activist — Ida B. Wells, a journalist who led an anti-lynching campaign following the ratification of the 15th Amendment and refused to be hidden by white suffragists who instructed Black supporters to march in the rear of the 1913 parade in Washington, D.C.
There’s also Fannie Lou Hamer who overcame police brutality and was fired from her job for trying to register to vote. President Johnson himself tried to draw attention away from her speeches.
There are plenty of suffragettes out there who stood for unity and freedom, regardless of race — think about them the next time you vote as well!