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Susan B. Anthony House Celebrates 19th Amendment

Aug 21, 2016

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Despite some rain Sunday afternoon, crowds still gathered to celebrate the 19th Amendment at the Susan B. Anthony House.

Many think that the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, but Susan B. Anthony Museum President and CEO Deborah Hughes says that’s actually a misunderstanding.

"The 19th Amendment says you can’t be discriminated against on the basis of your sex. So in other words, it says you could no longer say you can’t vote because you’re female, but you could still find many other reasons to prevent people from voting."

She said it's important to have these celebrations and honor the suffragists who worked to make gains in the perception of women.

"First, for people to think that women even had a brain, and could make decisions and were qualified to think about government."

The celebration and overall suffrage movement certainly feels very current, especially with this year’s presidential election. AnneMarie Bailey, who attended the event, says she’s noticed it in some of the campaign ads she’s seen recently.

"I certainly don’t think we need to attack spouses and spouses' previous behaviors, I think that that’s appalling."

Cecelia White urged the importance of voting, saying it’s something we all need to remember.

"I think people forget the impact they can have and the power that they can have to change history."

The women's suffrage movement will be celebrating centennials in New York state in 2017, and nationally in 2020.