Google Doodle Honors Suffragist Susan B. Anthony's 200th Birthday

Google's Doodle honored suffragist Susan B. Anthony on her 200th birthday Saturday.

The doodle shows a portrait of Anthony on a brick wall, while a line of diverse women wait to vote.

Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. On November 5, 1872 in Rochester, New York--nearly 50 years before women legally gained the right to vote--Anthony and a group of women defiantly cast a ballot for president. It resulted in her arrest, and a trial the following year.

During the trial, Anthony repeatedly defied the judge's orders to sit down and cease speaking and delivered a passionate speech defending her right to vote.

"[I]n your ordered verdict of guilty, you have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government," she told the judge, according to Ann D. Gordon's account of Anthony's trial. "My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually, but all of my sex, are, by your honor's verdict, doomed to political subjection under this, so-called, form of government."

Anthony was subsequently fined $100 but refused to pay. "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty," she said at the time.

President Ulysses S. Grant later pardoned Anthony and the other women who were arrested in 1872 for voting.

Anthony passed away from heart failure and pneumonia in 1906 at 86-years-old, 14 years before the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. Anthony's legacy was honored over 100 years later, when her face was used on a dollar coin in 1979. She was the first woman depicted on U.S. currency.

Google accompanied the doodle with a quote from Anthony's newspaper The Revolution. "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less," Anthony wrote.

On Saturday, several notable people acknowledged Anthony's birthday on social media, including Ken Burns, Billie Jean King and Michael Moore.

Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony. Please share and remember.

— Ken Burns (@KenBurns) February 15, 2020

“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”

Happy 200th birthday, Susan B. Anthony. #EqualityForAll

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) February 15, 2020

...30 more AOCs and a hundred more women to the House, and someone to the White House who will sign the damn bill(s). And let’s finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Happy b-day Susan B. Anthony!

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 15, 2020

This August, the 19th Amendment will turn 100 years old. "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex," the amendment states.

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Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), organizer of the first women's temperance association and president of the Woman Suffrage Association from 1892-1900. Corbis/Getty