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Woman, 98, ‘living for this election,’ defies doctor’s prognosis in bid to see Clinton become president

By WITW Staff on October 29, 2016

Estelle Liebow Schultz, 98, said she “never did” think she would have the chance to vote for a woman for president. In 1918, the year she was born, women didn’t even have the right to vote.

Schultz, who cast her first presidential vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, described casting her early vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election as a historic moment. Her excitement over the possibility of seeing the nation’s first woman president, added her granddaughter, Sarah Bunin Benor, may even have helped her overcome health problems that could have killed her a year prior.

“She was in the hospital about one-and-a-half years ago and was diagnosed with a heart condition and was told she only had six months to live,” said Benor. “She kept saying, ‘I want to live long enough to vote,’ and now she wants to see [Clinton] get inaugurated so it’s almost like she’s living for this election.”

With her granddaughter’s help, Schultz posted a picture of herself voting for Clinton by absentee ballot to Facebook earlier this month. The post proved so popular that Benor and her mother were inspired to create the website, “I Waited 96 Years,” in order to allow families to submit photos and quotes from other matriarchs born before 1920, when women finally won the right to vote. Thus far nearly 20 women — ranging in age from 96 to 105-years-old — have submitted pictures and stories to the site.

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Schultz said she’s enjoyed reading other women’s stories, and that she thinks “many more women should be heard from.” The fact that so many other women like herself are getting the chance to vote for a woman president, she added, is “terrific.”

Read the full story at ABC News.


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