For the last 77 years, 98-year-old Estelle Schultz has voted in every single election. But this year is different, this year she gets to do something she never thought possible.
Estelle cast her vote for Hillary to be president.
“Never,” says Estelle. “I didn’t even think it would be a broken glass ceiling,” she says.
Voting is something Estelle takes very seriously, she was born in 1918 when women were not allowed to vote.
“It was very frustrating because I was growing up realizing that only men could vote. I never really knew if I could do anything about it,” she says.
Two years after she was born, the 19th Amendment was passed, and when Estelle turned 21, she cast her vote for FDR. She’s voted in every election since. “It was my right and therefore I should exercise my right. And besides, I wanted to have a say.”
This election, would be no exception. Estelle wanted to be a part of history once again. “It’s very exciting, I had it to show it to my daughter because she took a picture. From that, all this developed,” says Estelle. “All of this,” is a website started by her granddaughter Sarah Benor, and her friends called “I Waited 96 Years.” The site features stories of women all over the country who were born before women hadd the right to vote, and 96 yeras before a woman would be on the Presidential ballot.
“Go women, go women, go women go!” Estelle says as she looks at the faces of women on the website.
Sarah started the website after posting the picture of her grandmother voting, which was shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook. “They decided to put together a website because there must be other women who were just as excited,” says Roberta Benor, Estelle’s daughter.
It’s long confirmed someting Estelle has long known: “Behind every man stands a strong, powerful woman,” she says.
Estelle has one more thing she would like to see. “I certainly hope I’ll be alive to see Hillary Clinton at her inauguration,” she says. And what about voting for her – or another woman again? “Don’t push it,” she says. “I’m 98 now.”
No pushing necessary: Because the glass ceiling has already been shattered.
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