Renowned suffragist, raging granny, woman on silver dollar from 1979-1981, Susan B. Anthony walked into a presidential election polling booth on this day in 1872 and got slapped with a $100 fine for attempting to vote. She being a woman and all – some dudes in white wigs did not enjoy this.
Of course the US would wise-the-Equal-Opportunity-up with the institution of the 19th amendment in 1920. But who knows how much later that wold have happened if not for Susie B’s tenacity. Thus is why the education rock machine was born in the ’70s. Cue the School House Rock!
Those pilgrim women who
Who braved the boat
Could cook the turkey, but they …
They could not vote.
Even Betsy Ross who sewed the flag was left behind that first election day
(What a shame, Sisters!)
Then Susan B. Anthony (Yeah!) and Julia Howe,
(Lucretia!) Lucretia Mott, (and others!) they showed us how;
They carried signs and marched in lines
Until at long last the law was passed
Oh, we were suffering until suffrage,
Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age,
Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule. (Oh yeah!)