In a matter of days, the United States could witness its first ever woman president elected into office, and the thought of that possibility is resonating deeply with women nationwide.
In a time when women are still fighting to be considered equal to men in the workplace and in society, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could break through the highest of glass ceilings and become one of the world’s most powerful leaders.
However, win or lose, Clinton has already made history by being the very first female major party candidate and giving millions of Americans — young and old — the opportunity to mark a woman’s name on their general election ballot.
The experience for early voters has already proven to be a surreal journey for many, including Vickie Wilkinson whose emotional response after voting was caught on camera by her daughter Sarah Dean.
“I watched her hand in her ballot and took a picture of her,” Dean recalled of the day she drove her mom to their local polling place in Bozeman, Montana. “And when we got back in the car, she was just so emotional.”
With all of the scandal and chaos plaguing this tumultuous election, the historical moment we are all witnessing has been vastly overshadowed, which Dean realized upon witnessing her mom’s reaction.
“I had forgotten what was happening. This has been such a circus of an election cycle,” Dean said. “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.”
According to The Huffington Post, Wilkinson was overcome with emotion as she reminisced on how difficult things were for her own mother back in the 1960s when her parents divorced.
“My mother couldn’t get credit. She couldn’t buy a car without a male signature. She couldn’t get an apartment without a male signature,” Wilkinson recounted.
After submitting her ballot, she realized how things have come full circle.
“It hit me how important this was,” Wilkinson said. “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,” she continued. “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.”
The video of Wilkinson was posted to her daughter’s Instagram and quickly began to attract attention.
Many commenters echoed each other's sentiments, noting how beautiful the heartfelt moment was and thanking Dean for bringing the focus back to what voting is really about — giving the American people a say in their future.
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