Do you think putting "I Voted" stickers on Susan B. Anthony's grave is a good way to honor her legacy? Why or why not?
According to the article, women put "I Voted stickers on Susan B. Anthony's grave to honor her legacy. Think of another famous woman from the past. How do you think people should honor her legacy?
Susan B. Anthony spent more than 60 years fighting for equality for women. What cause would you spend your entire life fighting for? Why is this cause so important to you?
What do you think the United States would be like today if people like Susan B. Anthony had not fought for equal rights for women more than 100 years ago? If Susan B. Anthony were alive today, what rights do you think she would be fighting for now?
- Invite students to share what they know about Susan B. Anthony. Remind them that today, more than a century after her death, admirers leave flowers and "I Voted" stickers at her grave. Rather than seeing this as litter or vandalism, the cemetery where she is buried loves the tribute. It's seen as a way of interacting with and honoring her legacy.
- Point out that Susan B. Anthony wasn't alone in her fight for women's rights. Many women joined her. Before her there were other battles. And even now, women fight for change.
- Have students select another woman who has fought for change. Instruct them to conduct research to learn about the woman, the issue she battled and how she went about fighting for change.
- Encourage students to think of a fitting way to pay tribute to this woman. Once they have an idea, instruct students to write a brief summary about the woman's fight and draw a picture showing how they would honor the woman for her part in the battle for women's rights.
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