One hundred years ago, women won the right to vote.
An important event in American democracy was the trial of Susan B. Anthony in 1872. Frustrated by the approval of the 15th amendment of 1870, which allowed ex-slaves to have the right to vote but explicitly leaving women out, she signed up and voted in Rochester, New York. She was arrested and tried by an informed, unjust and illegal vote. The openly partial judge would not allow her to speak. She stated: “She is not competent as a witness on her own behalf” and instructed the jury to convict her. The Albany Law Journal said: “If Susan B. Anthony doesn’t like our laws, she should emigrate.”
She was fined one hundred dollars and said to the court, “I will never pay a dollar for your unjust punishment.” He promised to continue urging women to vote, reminding the judge: “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God”. Years later, a trial assistant wrote: “There had never been a trial in the country with half its importance. If Miss Anthony had won on the merits, she would have revolutionized the country’s suffrage and enriched every woman in the United States. “Instead, women would have to wait another forty-seven years.
This message was produced by the Kanawha Valley chapter of the National Organization for Women with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.