Susan B. Anthony grave once again home to "I Voted" stickers

Nov 7, 2017

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The trip to Mount Hope Cemetery seems to be a tradition in recent years, for women to leave flowers and thank you's on the well-known suffragist's grave.

Mayor Lovely Warren and New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul left their stickers at the site, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State.

Hochul said she’s already looking towards the next 100 years.

“When people celebrate the bicentennial 100 years from now, my question is what will they say about us? How will we have measured up to the bold women and enlightened men who came before us to fight for this right. Because winning the right to vote did not mean equality."

She said our work is still cut out for us.

“Women today are not equal as men when it comes to pay in the work place, whether its freedom from sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace, whether it’s having adequate child care and the resources you need to fulfill your dreams or run for office. There are still barriers to women today."

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Mayor Warren said its important to get people to the polls considering all the work it took to get these rights.

"Pull people out to let them know how important today is. How many people suffered and died for the right for us to be able to vote. Not only women but also men helped us along this journey and we're excited about this day, and people need to understand this is how you select your leaders in this country."

While the scene wasn’t as hectic as it was during last year’s election, a few families trickled in to pay their respects.

Sarah Steele brought her 2-year-old daughter Lilly; it was their first Election Day trip to the site.

"To think that just 100 years ago women were denied that right to vote is kind of heartbreaking. But I’m also super grateful to share that with my daughters and let them know that worldwide there are still lots of people who are discriminated based on gender."

Steele said it’s important to talk about the issues and importance of voting with kids at a young age.

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Polls are open until 9pm Tuesday evening, and the Mount Hope Cemetery will be open its normal hours until 5pm.

The City of Rochester is asking voters to not put stickers directly on the tombstone to preserve it, but of course, a few defied that recommendation. As that old saying goes, well-behaved women seldom make history.