An elderly New Yorker who was born before women were granted the right to vote has gone viral this week after she cast the “most important vote” of her life.
And who she has voted for has shocked many…
The elderly woman, from New York, has gained viral fame this week after a journalist documented her voting journey on Twitter.
And the Twitter community has wasted no time in applauding the centenarian and her passion for the country’s future.
4 years before women had the right to vote.
That year, after decades of protesting, the National Woman’s Party, a militant group focused on the passage of a national suffrage amendment, was born.
In 1917 alone, hundreds of women were arrested after they picketed the White House in protest.
And had to endure being force-fed by police officers.
And, after a hard-fought series of votes in the U.S. Congress and in state legislatures, the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920.
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
And that brings us to our story of Ruth.
Journalist, Faith Salie, decided to document Ruth’s voting journey and posted a lengthy Twitter thread of pictures and videos from her experience.
And it’s needless to say, people loved her.
Writing alongside a video of Ruth explaining why she votes, Salie wrote:
“Today I had the honor of escorting my 104.5-year-old friend Ruth to vote. She was born before women had the right to vote. Her 1st vote was for FDR. Her dad died of the flu during the pandemic of 1918 when she was 2. This is her voting story today.”
And, when asked if this is one of the most important votes she’s ever cast, Ruth said:
“This is hands-down, without exception – and I’m talking about the First World War, the Second World War, and every other election before or since. This is it! That’s why I’m so thrilled. That I’m still alive.”
But she did write this:
“Photos and videos are not allowed at the actual voting site. So I can only tell you that the voting officials & volunteers were unbelievably kind—some were in tears; everyone made sure Ruth went to the front of the line. She was ready with her license that shows her DOB: 3/30/16 (That would be 1916.) But all she had to do was show her registration card & sign with a stylus she got to keep. My kids & I walked her to a private booth. I helped her stand. She filled in that circle HARD.”
Salie filmed the moment Ruth emerged from the Lincoln Center to cheers and applause from voters still in the queue.
People continued to cheer for Ruth all along Broadway, as she walked slowly down with her “I Voted Early” sticker proudly on display.
And had to take a moment to sit down as she burst into tears. When asked how she felt after voting, a visibly emotional Ruth said:
“I feel that I did the best thing that I could do under terrible circumstances. I hope that my vote counts as the vote of millions.”
Who did Ruth vote for?!
“I want to vote more than anything… just today before I shoot that a**hole Trump!”
She also said this:
“I hope that my vote counts as the vote of millions [and] that we will have Biden at the [White House]. I hope with all my heart. This is so important to me. This is the most important thing I could do!”
“I forgot the punchline when you asked me how do I feel today. On top of everything else I said, now I can die happy!”
What an incredible woman.
If this isn’t inspiration to get out and vote, I don’t know what is.
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