Trump to pardon women’s voting pioneer Susan B Anthony

President Donald Trump has said he will issue a posthumous pardon for women's voting rights pioneer Susan B Anthony.

Making the announcement on Tuesday – the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted US women the right to vote – Mr Trump said: "She was never pardoned. What took so long?"

Anthony was arrested in 1872 after illegally casting her vote.

She was later convicted of illegal voting in her home state of New York by an all-male jury.

Anthony died 14 years before the 19th amendment was ratified on 18 August, 1920.

With his wife Melania Trump beside him for a White House event, Mr Trump also signed a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Last week, Mr Trump announced his support for a monument in Washington DC to honour the women, known as suffragettes, who petitioned for the right to vote.

"Women dominate the United States – I think we can say that very strongly," he said, noting that there are now a record number of women serving in Congress.

His announcement comes as Mr Trump tries to win over suburban women voters, who polls show have been moving away from him since 2016.

It also comes amid a controversy over mail-in voting, in which critics say Mr Trump is trying to delegitimise the coming presidential election in November by starving the US Postal Service of funds.

Who was Susan B Anthony?

Anthony was convicted in a highly-publicised trial of illegally voting as a women, and was fined $100 by the judge in her hometown of Rochester, New York.

In a speech to the court, she chastised the government for barring women from voting, and vowed to never pay a penny of the fine.

Her arrest brought attention to the voting equality movement, and helpeRead More – Source