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...
At the age of 104, Ruth has just cast the most important vote of her life.
via: TwitterThe elderly woman, from New York, has gained viral fame this week after a journalist documented her voting journey on Twitter.
Ruth has an incredible story to tell...
@Faith_Salie My heart! Ruth! Stick around for a good while yet!— Daisy McDonald (@Daisy McDonald)1603616137.0
Now, Ruth was born in 1916...
via: Getty4 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.
As a result of this party, the suffragette movement gained traction across the states like it never had before...
via: GettyIn 1917 alone, hundreds of women were arrested after they picketed the White House in protest.
Some of these women went on hunger strikes while behind bars...
via: GettyAnd had to endure being force-fed by police officers.
However, their protests left a mark.
via: GettyAnd, 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 Amendment states:
via: Getty"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."
Thanks to the historic Amendment, women all over the country now have the right to vote...
via: GettyAnd that brings us to our story of Ruth.
At the age of 104, Ruth is still determined to have her say.
via: TwitterJournalist, 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.
@Faith_Salie I love her! Thank you for sharing your friend Ruth with us!— Jessie Lacey 🏳️🌈🤓 (@Jessie Lacey 🏳️🌈🤓)1603658956.0
@Faith_Salie @rupertbu What an indomitable character!— Iksta Iner 3.5% (@Iksta Iner 3.5%)1603669994.0
@Faith_Salie Love Ruth ❤️❤️— Battle Weary Wombat (@Battle Weary Wombat)1603605796.0
@Faith_Salie Thank you Ruth! You are an inspiration to us all.— Patricia Evert (@Patricia Evert)1603651996.0
@Faith_Salie Stick around, Ruth! We need your inspiration!— Susan Murphy (@Susan Murphy)1603742230.0
@Faith_Salie I cried that was lovely. Showed the good in people. So proud of her and you and my State— Justme Anybody (@Justme Anybody)1603764102.0
@Faith_Salie I feel all of this. What a beautiful woman.— Nick Hodge (@Nick Hodge)1603626122.0
@Faith_Salie She is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing her story.— Elizabeth Reimels (@Elizabeth Reimels)1603597376.0
@Faith_Salie She's a spitfire💖😊— Sharon Sawyer (@Sharon Sawyer)1603593515.0
Firstly, Salie gave a little bit of background on Ruth's incredible story.
Today I had the honor to escorting my 104.5 year-old friend Ruth to vote. She was born before women had the right… https://t.co/9FlfmDjtBL— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584041.0
In another video, Ruth can be seen crossing Broadway towards the Lincoln Center "where she's lived since the Nixon administration."
Here she is with her walker, crossing Broadway towards Lincoln Center where she’s lived since the Nixon administrat… https://t.co/W2TYjeyGUA— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584067.0
Thanks to security restrictions, Salie wasn't able to film Ruth casting her ballot...
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… https://t.co/w4grs7WIhP— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584107.0
The elderly voter even received a round of applause on her way out.
When she inserted her ballot to scan, the place went nuts. We walked out to the street & all the folks in line fo… https://t.co/4Pl40koMkN— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584141.0
But the celebration didn't stop at the Lincoln Center.
People along Broadway cheered Ruth, now wearing her “I VOTED EARLY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK” sticker. You could he… https://t.co/CBeFwx5xND— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584170.0
Understandably, Ruth was overcome with emotion...
Ruth was overcome with emotion. She had to sit in her walker to have a cry. https://t.co/HVpPq455lz— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584146.0
But many are wondering the same thing...
via: TwitterWho did Ruth vote for?!
Well, in one of the first videos, Ruth can be heard saying this:
via: Twitter"I want to vote more than anything... just today before I shoot that a**hole Trump!"
It's safe to say she voted for Biden, then.
via: TwitterShe 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!"
Ruth rounded up her day with one last message of inspiration.
Thank you for https://t.co/YA54JWY6nG— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584269.0
What an incredible woman.
Thank you for hearing Ruth’s story. I cried, my husband cried, poll workers cried, Ruth cried. My children witn… https://t.co/pJhgqh0vzz— Faith Salie (@Faith Salie)1603584269.0