These Hillary Clinton Supporters Were Born Before Women Won The Right To Vote

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Many women heading to the polls this election feel the historic weight of casting a ballot for a candidate who could become the country's first female president.

But for some Hillary Clinton supporters in their late 90s, the act feels all the more special. That's because when they were born, women didn't yet have the right to vote.

Estelle L. Schultz is one of those women. The 98-year-old cast her absentee ballot for Clinton last month. The almost-centenarian asked her daughter, Roberta Schultz Benor, to capture the moment with a photo. When Benor's own daughter posted the picture to Facebook, the response was overwhelming. Within a day or two, it had amassed 1,600 Likes.

"People were moved to tears [saying], 'This is so beautiful, I wish my grandmother was still alive,' that kind of thing," Benor recalled.

With the help of her daughter and two friends, Tom and Shawn Fields-Meyer, Benor launched I Waited 96 Years, a site dedicated to collecting photographs and stories of women who were born before the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. Moving testimonials and photos started to pour in almost immediately.

For Benor, and many of the site's viewers, the project serves as an important reminder about the truly historic significance of this election.

"I think a lot of people take for granted that women have the right to vote, and they don't realize that it could be within someone’s lifetime," she said.

Ahead, meet some of those women who waited 96 years — or longer — to witness history this election. You can view the full collection of photos at IWaited96Years.com.
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Alice Siegel, 96

"I have been voting for as long as I can remember, but it is unusually wonderful because this time we are voting for a lady candidate. She is so intelligent, and has such wonderful experience. I can't say how proud I am to get to vote for her. Also, we have to have her win. You know why."
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Geraldine "Jerry" Emmett, 102

“I am looking forward to the first female U.S. president. I believe Hillary will do an excellent job as president, not because she is a woman, but because she is most qualified.”
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Garvin Colburn, 96

"It really is remarkable to think of all that has happened in 96 years."
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Pauline Button, 96

"I am a lifelong Democrat and have always voted since that seems like the right thing to do. I am excited to vote for Hillary because she is smart and well prepared to be a strong president."
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Molly Hirshfield, 99

“Voting for Hillary means women can aspire to the highest office and have the freedom to be whatever their talents and hard work allow them. I hope to see Hillary become Madam President before I turn 100 at the end of November.”
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Virginia Harrison McDougle, 96

"Proud and excited to vote for Hillary on Election Day."
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Dorothy Fischer, 96

“I have voted in every presidential election since I was 21. Every time I think of the women who worked so hard to make this privilege possible.”
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Alice “Lal” Coxe Keith, 97

"I am glad my twin sister and I lived long enough to have the privilege of voting for a woman for president.”
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Dorothy Barton, 98

“When women were given the right to vote, I was 2 years of age. It was a while before I exercised my option. At age 14, I was a decided Democrat. I broke rank only once as an adult to vote for Dwight Eisenhower. I am proud this year to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. I admire her persistent determination to improve the chances of young people and women for better education and better pay.”
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Gerta Campen, 98

"What a great feat to see! A woman president!"

See more photos and testimonials at IWaited96Years.com.
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