Women gained the right to vote on this day 100 years ago. Instead of using this day to give thanks to the women who paved the way, President Trump is using Susan B. Anthony as a pawn in a desperate attempt to gain votes.
Susan B. Anthony is a women's suffrage leader who was arrested for illegally voting in 1872. Susan B. Anthony is one of the pioneers of securing voting rights for women. Along with being a feminist icon, she was an anti-slavery pioneer.
I've read enough about Anthony and the rest of the women suffragists to know that it is an insult to execute a pardon that isn't warranted. They don't want a pardon. They want women to have the same rights as men, and we are not there. Until women are equal to men, pardoning will have ZERO effect on the cause.
Trump is sliding in the polls. We all know this, and he's getting scared. The fact that he would pardon Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is such a 'slap in the face' to women everywhere. It is callous, misogynist, and completely disrespectful. It is disrespectful to the centuries of fight that we've had to endure in order to obtain equal rights. It's disrespectful to the women who went on hunger strikes just so the 19th Amendment could pass. It's disrespectful to the first, second and third wave feminist leaders.
This is why we need to continue to fight until we are equal to men.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Shulamith Firestone, and many other pioneers of the women's movement must be rolling in their graves.
'Women's movement' mothers, wherever you may be, I will continue your fight. All your work has not been done in vain.