A Fine Agitation: Celebrating Women's Fight Against "This So-Called Form of Government"
In honor of MLK's long arc of the moral universe, we mark both a hard-won Juneteenth and the now-unthinkable day in 1873 when women's rights warrior Susan B. Anthony was found guilty by a bunch of men of the nefarious crime of voting as "a person of the female sex." After decades of insisting on behalf of disenfranchised women that, "To vote is our wish and will," she blasted a verdict that "trampled underfoot every vital principle of our government" and rendered her not a true citizen but "a subject." Fined $100, she vowed to "never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty." And she didn't.