President Donald Trump on Tuesday followed through on a pledge to issue a high-profile pardon, saying he planned to sign “a full and complete pardon” for Susan B. Anthony.
The women’s suffrage advocate was tried in 1872 for voting in Rochester, New York, in defiance of laws at the time that only allowed men to vote.
The president said he would issue the pardon at an event later Tuesday.
Trump made the announcement at the White House ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured the right for women to vote. Trump noted Anthony helped secure pardons for other women who were prosecuted for defying laws at the time to protest for their right to vote but did not advocate as such for herself.
Flanked by a group of female senior civil servants and executives for women’s advocacy groups, including some bearing “Vote for Women” sashes, Trump said, “Women dominate the United States” and noted their economic contribution before the “China virus” forced the U.S. into recession.
Late Monday, Trump told reporters traveling with him that he would pardon someone “very, very important” on Tuesday but that it would not be Edward Snowden, a fugitive expatriate charged with leaking classified information, or Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.