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JUST IN: President Trump pardons Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment

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President Trump has pardoned Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.

 

While paying paid tribute on Tuesday to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment he announced he would grant a pardon to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

Anthony, one of the leading figures in the movement to secure voting rights for women, was arrested for voting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1872, violating the laws then that said only men could vote. She was convicted the following year.

“She was never pardoned,” Trump said during a ceremony at the White House. “She got a pardon for a lot of other women. And she didn’t put her name on the list.”

With first lady Melania Trump at his side, Trump signed a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the amendment, which was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, giving women the right to vote.

“It was a monumental victory for equality for justice, and a monumental victory for America,” he said.

Trump last week announced his support for a bill that would create a monument in Washington to honor suffragists and the 19th amendment.

The legislation by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., would establish a 22-foot monument called “Every Word We Utter” to pay tribute to women who fought for their right to vote. It would include depictions of Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul.

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