Office of the Vermont Attorney General

On Anniversary of Suffragist’s Arrest, Attorney General Donovan Talks with Students About Civil Disobedience

November 18, 2019

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

 

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today met with the fifth-grade class at JFK Elementary in Winooski to discuss the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, the history of women’s voting rights, and civil disobedience. Today’s discussion is in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission’s nationwide campaign to teach kids about the 19th Amendment, which was added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.

“As we approach the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we must acknowledge the long history of activism for equal rights that extends from Susan B. Anthony to last week’s defense of DREAMers before the United States Supreme Court,” said Attorney General Donovan. “The fight for equality transcends generations. I want to thank the students of the Winooski School District for a lively discussion about fairness and equality. I dare think, they would’ve made Susan B. Anthony and other activists proud.”

It was on this day in 1872 that Susan B. Anthony was arrested for “voting illegally,” having demanded to be registered to vote. Her bold act is attributed to accelerating the movement for women’s suffrage. “Susan B. Anthony’s advocacy, defiance, and perseverance has had a profound impact on the fight for gender equality, both then and now,” Attorney General Donovan said. “Her story is important especially to young people as they consider their own activism.”

“It is remarkable that nearly 100 years after the 19th amendment, and 55 years after the Voting Rights Act, women and people of color continue to be drastically under-represented on the ballot and at the ballot box. We recognize the vital importance of those who have fought, and those who continue to fight for universal suffrage. We hope that this conversation between our students and our state’s Attorney General will empower the next generation of voters with the knowledge that voting rights for all are key to significant political and social change,” said Emily Hecker, Winooski School District Communications and Development Director.

To learn more about the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, including how to get involved, visit: www.womensvote100.org/.

Last modified: November 18, 2019