Today in Mighty Girl history, the prominent American suffragist Susan B. Anthony was sentenced and fined for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election. Anthony was arrested in November 1872 for "illegally voting" as a woman and her two-day trial concluded 141 years ago today in Rochester, New York.
At her trial, the judge refused to allow Anthony to testify on her own behalf and, after she was convicted, he read an opinion that he had written before the trial even started. The sentence was a $100 fine to which she declared, "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.” True to her words, she never paid the fine for the rest of her life!
A beautifully illustrated picture book, "Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President," tells the story of her illegal vote and subsequent arrest and trial for readers 5 to 8 at http://www.amightygirl.com/heart-on-fire
Susan B. Anthony, one of the greatest civil rights leaders in U.S. history, is a wonderful role model for children today of an individual who worked tirelessly for justice for women. For books, films and other resources about her remarkable life, visit our "Susan B. Anthony Collection" athttp://www.amightygirl.com/character-collection/historical-characters-2/susan-b-anthony
To introduce children and youth to more amazing women of the US suffrage movement, check out the reading recommendations in our post, “How Women Won the Vote: Teaching Kids About the U.S. Suffrage Movement” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=2346
For more than 450 true stories of trailblazing women role models from around the world, visit our "Role Models" biography section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography