WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — Women have been allowed to vote for less than 100 years in the United States, making this Election Day extra special for some of America’s oldest citizens.
For a younger generation, Sandra Day O’Connor was always on the Supreme Court, Nancy Pelosi could always serve as House speaker, and attorneys general could always look like Janet Reno and Loretta Lynch.
But for those women nearing a century of life — who’ve lived through the Great Depression, World War II, June Cleaver, Mary Tyler Moore, Maude, and everything that’s followed — this Election Day is an especially big deal.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the first woman to ever be printed at the top of the ticket.
Not all of the nation’s oldest women voters will choose Clinton.
But plenty are proud to mark this milestone by casting their ballot for a female president, and have generously shared their stories with reporters across the nation.
Eleanor Gantman, 100 years old
When Gantman was born, “Woodrow Wilson was president. World War I was raging. Antibiotics hadn’t been discovered yet,” Minnesota Public Radio points out.
Today, Gantman is thrilled to make her choice, telling MPR, “I love it. I love it. I love the thought that she feels capable … And I love the thought that she wants to be president … I think in later years, there will be other women who are capable, and there’s no reason why they can’t run for president.”
June Doyle, 101 years old
Doyle, who thinks Republican nominee Donald Trump would do a sufficient job in the Oval Office, chose Clinton as her candidate this year.
She couldn’t pass up this history-making opportunity.
“I think it’s good women have more of a say now … I think it’s time we had a woman’s opinion on things, more than we’ve had” she told Washington’s Tri-City Herald.
Desiline Victor, 106 years old
In 2012, Florida resident Desiline Victor garnered national headlines for waiting three hours in line to vote for President Barack Obama. She was 102 years old at the time.
This year, she was back at her early voting center, with a much reduced wait.
To top it off, she arrived by limo, reports Doug Hanks of the Miami Herald.
Victor tells reporters, she’s with her.
Lee Feldman, 100 years old
“When I was younger, I never thought it was possible,” Feldman told Fusion of seeing a female presidential candidate.
Feldman, who now resides in Florida, added emotionally, “I’m glad to live to see it.”
She enjoyed the experience of voting for Clinton so much, she said, “I’ll vote for her over and over again.”
Minerva Turpin, 99 years old
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine tweeted out a picture of meeting 99-year-old Minerva Turpin at his Virginia polling place.
Kaine showed up early to vote. But Turpin beat him there.
Nodding to his VP slot, Kaine quipped “Looks like I need to get used to being number two!”
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