When Gloria, Helen and Elaine were born, women couldn’t vote. They’ve waited 96 years for this particular election and are thrilled to vote for Hillary Clinton as President of the United States.
The website I Waited 96 Years documents women who were born before the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.Voters are encouraged to submit their photographs and inspirational stories to share how long they’ve waited for this historic election.
The movement started when 98-year-old Estelle Schultz cast her absentee ballot for Clinton and sent a photo of it to her granddaughter, Sarah Benor. When Benor posted the picture on Facebook, it received much attention.
“It received over 1,600 likes and many comments about how moving that is, how it was bringing people to tears, how they wanted to share it with their children or grandchildren,” Benor told NPR.
Benor created “I Waited 96 Years” to unite the many women voting for Clinton.
“This election means that women can achieve anything,” said Katherine Blood Hoffman, 102, of Tallahassee, Fla. “In 1937, I was accepted into the medical school at Duke University. I decided not to attend because female students were required to sign a pledge stating that they would not marry while in school. The male students did not have to sign and did not have the same restriction. I did not think that this was fair.”
“It started before I was born,” Beatrice Lumpkin, 98, of Chicago recalled. “My mother was among the first women to cut her hair short and to switch from the long skirts that dragged in the mud to short dresses. 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. But the fight went on until African Americans won the right to vote. We’ll never let anyone take that away from us!”