WASHINGTON (NewsNation)— It’s been 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment which effectively gave women the right to vote, and in the spotlight is Susan B. Anthony. Recognized for her work as a suffragist, President Trump pardoned Anthony on Tuesday.
Commemorations included a gathering at Anthony’s childhood home in upstate New York, where the Governor has announced a project to restore it.
State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner said, “To be able to create a site that inspires other women, to inspire young girls to achieve their greatest dream.”
Anthony was arrested for voting in 1872, before it was legal for women to cast a ballot.
President Trump, surrounded by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, made a big announcement in regard to the famous women’s rights activist: “I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony.”
His announcement seemed to surprise and please the audience behind him, although it received mixed reaction from women in Anthony’s home state.
New York State Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis tweeted: “Surprised it took nearly 150 years to pardon Susan B. Anthony’s name. She was a true American Hero, a great New Yorker and a Republican woman too! Thank you Donald Trump.”
While at a commemoration in Rochester, New York’s Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, said, “Independent of the women of this state, the keepers of her legacy, he went ahead and treated her like a criminal and pardoned her.”
Rochester’s Mayor Lovely Warren added, “To have Susan B Anthony’s legacy played with, it’s wrong.”
The 19th Amendment originally benefited mostly white women and many women of color were prevented from casting ballots until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.