It's not Nov. 8 yet, but millions of Americans have already cast their votes, fulfilling a civic duty that, in this election, also carries huge historical significance. For women who have lived through much more overtly sexist times than these, voting for a female president was something many never thought would happen in their lifetimes.
So when the weight of her ballot sunk in, Vickie Wilkinson couldn't help but break down in tears. That moment was captured on tape by her daughter, Sarah Dean, who later uploaded it on Instagram.
Dean told the Huffington Post:
I had forgotten what was happening. This has been such a circus of an election cycle. But when my mom started crying, I thought, "Oh yeah, this is an incredible thing that is taking place right now. We should be really excited that we get to do this." So that's why I took a video of her.
"It hit me how important this was," Wilkinson told the Huffington Post. "I'm 60 years old and this is the first time in my life, and anybody's life here, that we've actually had a viable woman candidate for president of the United States. And she has a good shot at winning! To think about how far we've come. The fight and struggle just to vote for an intelligent, qualified, viable woman ― it was just sort of overwhelming to me on that morning. And I was thanking God that I was able to do this."
This election, voting for a woman for president means more than just choosing the next person in the White House. For the countless women who have been told they were inferior; that they had less rights, less capabilities, and less worth than men, casting their ballot this election will perhaps be their most absolute act of vindication.
A Plus has reached out to Dean for comment.
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