Woman waits 96 years to vote for female president

This election has a special women, especially Estelle Schultz, who waited 96 years to see a woman on the ballot.

ROCKVILLE, MD (WUSA9) - For the last 77 years, Estelle Schultz has voted in every single election. But this year is different; this year she gets to do something she never thought possible.

The 98-year-old has a lot to be proud of: two children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She's had a long career as an educator, she got her Doctorate and she was married to the love of her life for 63 years. But it's what she did just the other day that has her beaming with pride.

Schultz cast her vote for Hillary Clinton to be president.

"Never," she said. "I didn't even think it would be a broken glass ceiling."

Voting is something Schultz 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 said.

Two years after she was born, the 19th Amendment was passed, and when she turned 21, she cast her vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She's voted in every election since.

"It was my right and therefore I should exercise my right,” she said. “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 to show it to my daughter because she took a picture. From that, all this developed," Schultz said.

"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 had the right to vote, and 96 years before a woman would be on the presidential ballot.

"Go women, go women, go women go!" Schultz said 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," said Roberta Benor, Schultz’s daughter.

It's long-confirmed something Estelle has long known.

"Behind every man stands a strong, powerful woman," she said.

Schultz has one more thing she would like to see.

"I certainly hope I'll be alive to see Hillary Clinton at her inauguration," she said.

And what about voting for her - or another woman again?

"Don't push it," she said. "I'm 98 now."

No pushing necessary, because the glass ceiling has already been shattered.


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