Remember Susan B. Anthony

As you listen to the never-ending coverage of the presidential candidates, remember Susan B. Anthony.

Anthony, who campaigned for women’s rights, was arrested for trying to vote during the 1872 presidential election.

When she appeared in court, the judge wouldn’t let her testify. “He said women were incompetent, and not smart or trustworthy enough,” says Mary Kay Carson in her book Why Couldn’t Susan B. Anthony Vote? and Other Questions about Women’s Suffrage.

“The judge also didn’t allow the all-male jury to discuss the case. He told them to find her guilty. He fined Anthony $100, but refused to jail her. This prevented the case from going on to the Supreme Court, which he knew was the suffragists’ ultimate goal.”

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