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Voters Pay Tribute to Women's Rights Activist

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The grave of women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with "I Voted" stickers left by voters in the U.S. presidential election, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, November 8, 2016.

The grave of women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with "I Voted" stickers left by voters in the U.S. presidential election, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, November 8, 2016.

Hundreds of American voters, mainly women, lined up at the grave site of Susan B. Anthony Tuesday, to honor the woman who was instrumental in the fight for women's suffrage in the U.S.

After casting their ballots, voters decorated Anthony's grave site in Rochester, New York's Mount Hope Cemetery with "I Voted" stickers.

The cemetery extended its hours Tuesday "to accommodate those wishing to celebrate their vote" at her grave site.

About 1,500 were at the cemetery by noon, the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper reported, noting that the lines were filled with mostly women and girls.

Anthony is the most recognizable face of the women's suffrage movement in America. She was famously arrested for casting an illegal vote in Rochester in 1872. Anthony died in 1906, 14 years before women gained the right to vote in America, but is still widely recognized as the original voter.

Almost a century after women in the United States have gained the right to vote, Hillary Clinton is the first female major party presidential nominee.

The issue of women's rights has been a hot button topic in this year's election, with GOP nominee Donald Trump coming under fire for making lewd and sexist comments about women.

In October, a group of Trump's supporters called for repealing women's right to vote, using the Twitter hashtag #RepealThe19th after a poll showed that Trump would win if only men voted in the 2016 election. The hashtag advocates a repeal of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

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