102-Year-Old Woman Born Before Women Could Vote Helps Nominate Hillary Clinton

Jerry EmmettThe first woman to secure the presidential nomination was a historic feat, and its significance certainly wasn't lost on this lady. Centenarian Jerry Emmett, 102, who was born before women had the right to vote in a US presidential election, cast 51 of Arizona's 85 delegate votes for Hillary Clinton on the second night of the Democratic National Convention. 

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The retired educator, an honorary member of the Arizona delegation, was just a little girl when her mother and other women in her state were allowed to vote. Following her announcement at the DNC, USA Today reported Emmett's recalling the amazing moment from her childhood:

We all walked out in the middle of the street and cheered, like they're cheering here -- because my mother was going to get to have a say! That was something!

Now, take a look at her and try not to tear up.

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Though she's lived through countless advancements, Emmett confided to the Arizona Republic that she's thrilled to see a woman be able to seek the highest office in the country:

Oh, I never thought I'd see a woman in a presidential election. When I was growing up, women could be teachers, secretaries, or nurses -- and my mother was snubbed at our church for working at all. That a woman would have this role in the political process ...

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Seeing the enthusiasm and pride with which this spirited lifelong Democrat announces her home state's votes should remind us that even if we aren't thrilled with this election's candidates or the process, voting is still a right and a privilege we should never take for granted.

To see a woman secure the nomination proves how far this country has evolved over the past century. We need to be part of the process to continue to advance it and ensure the rights of women are safe and issues of gender equality are at the forefront.

 

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