They Waited 96 Years to Vote for a Woman

Back in October, Estelle Schultz, born two years before women got the right to vote (August 18, 1920), did something she has waited 96 years to do—cast her (absentee) ballot for a presidential candidate who is female, BBC News reports. Now in hospice care, the 98-year-old told BBC News, “I decided that I would like to live long enough to see the election of our first woman president.”

The News describes the joy exuded by contributors to the website Consider this exultation from 96-year-old Gladys Hindes: “I get goose pimples all over knowing that I can vote for a woman.”

How about this, from 103-year-old Juliet Bernstein of Massachusetts: “I remember accompanying my mother in a horse-drawn carriage to the polls in the first election where women, at long last, had the right to vote … it’s all about our rights, starting with the right to vote. When I got old enough to understand, how proud I was to learn what the suffragettes dared do to win women’s right to vote.”

And here is Angela Estelle Garavelli Astor’s poignant declaration: “If I vote one more time I want it to be for a woman.” She died on October 21, aged 98—but not before, during early voting, she got to vote one more time . . . for a woman.

Read more at the BBC News.

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  • hillsmom November 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Those ladies could teach us a thing or two. Good for them, and I bet I know who they favor today.

  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. November 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Such an inspiring story.