2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote in the United States.* In honor of the suffrage centennial, Dr. Kate Culkin writes about the efforts to elect Susan B. Anthony to the Hall of Fame of Great Americans on BCC’s Campus.
In 1950, Susan B. Anthony became the eighth woman elected into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the first hall of fame in the United States. Born in 1820, Anthony famously fought for women’s suffrage from the 1850s until her death in 1906. As one of American history’s most celebrated women, her selection might seem a forgone conclusion. Anthony was elected after, however, only after a 30-year campaign driven by women who connected their accomplishments and opportunities to Anthony’s legacy.
You can read more about the campaign to elect Anthony, one of the few women in BCC’s Hall of Fame in New York Archives, a quarterly publication by the Archives Partnership Trust which looks at New York State history and its archival collections.
Dr. Kate Culkin is a scholar of nineteenth-century women’s history and a full professor in the History department at BCC.
* Historians acknowledge that the 19th Amendment in 1920 mostly guaranteed the right for white women to vote. For Black women it marked the beginning of a long chapter in U.S. history to secure voting rights that did not end until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.