When I woke up on Tuesday November 8, 2016 I headed to my nearing polling station to place my vote. In America, it was Election Day, I am one to vote and not tell. Later on in the day, I noticed that there was a picture on Facebook of Susan B. Anthony’s grave decorated with I Voted stickers. Upon seeing this I began to think about the events that lead to the nineteenth amendment allowing women to vote in the United States of America. I did a little research and found a documentary called: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony. This documentary gave me insight into these two brave women who would catapult a movement.
Coming from two different walks of life Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton started their lives out under prominent families. Susan B. Anthony was the daughter of a Quaker who was able to get a good education. After her graduation she worked as a school teacher before becoming bored with her life. Upon returning home she started working with local suffragettes in order to gain the women’s right to vote. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the daughter of a prominent lawyer who depended on his sons. However, all of his sons died leading Elizabeth to show her father that she is just as good as them. Sadly, her father did not approve Elizabeth wanting to go to college and further her education. Eventually, her father did let her go to college. Elizabeth married and had a brood of children. Both women were involved in many abolition and freedom for all, which were the common things to fight for back in the 1800’s. Yet, Elizabeth and Susan starting speaking for women’s rights after they realized that they were being separated from the men at conventions based on their gender. As time went on Susan and Elizabeth became more active with the two meeting. Once they met, Susan and Elizabeth started to work on starting, what would be known as, the suffragette movement. However, Elizabeth was a mother to seven children leaving her home bound a lot, even with the support of her family. Susan would be constantly traveling while staying at Elizabeth’s in order to give her time to write her articles and get the word out. Things started to change when Susan got arrested for voting with a statement going through. Elizabeth and Susan continued to fight side by side until the bitter end. Sadly, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony did not live to see women gain the right to vote. However, their legacy lives on today with women being allowed to vote every where.
On November 8, America votes in the next president. Although, it has not been announced who the president is, I am grateful for having the right to vote. If it was not for the early activities of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton this is something that would not be possible. In the documentary Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony I was able to gain insight and admiration for these two women as the right to vote is something that should never be taken for granted.