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Hillary Clinton

I just watched the roll call at the Democratic National Convention, making Hillary Clinton the Democratic Party’s official candidate for President of the United States. The picture is of 102-year-old Jerry Emmett, an honorary member of the Arizona delegation, who announced 51 delegates for Hillary Clinton. Based on her age, you know that Jerry Emmett was born before women won the right to vote in America!  She remembers seeing her mother vote for the first time.  When South Dakota pushed Hillary over the top, I couldn’t help commenting to Linda: “Oh, my, South Dakota, the state, where a woman suffrage referendum was defeated five times: 1890, with Susan B. Anthony campaigning there; 1898; 1910; 1914; 1816) before passing one in 1918, two years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Oregon also defeated a woman suffrage referendum five times: 1884, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1910, before victory in 1912.  None of women’s achievements, especially in politics – have been won without a struggle.  Personally I am deeply grateful to Hillary Clinton for having the guts to persevere!  I celebrate her unwavering commitment, her stellar accomplishments, and her inspiring keep-on-keeping-on spirit!

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