102-Year-Old Refuses To Die Before Seeing First Woman President

Ruline Steininger, 102, has pledged to live until November so she can cast her vote for Hillary Clinton in hopes that she will be able to see the first woman president.

Ruline Steininger braved the cold temperatures amid the threat of a snowstorm on Monday night to caucus for Hillary Clinton.

She isn’t just a super dedicated political junkie—she’s a 102-year-old woman who has firm plans to vote for the candidate who could become America’s first female president.

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Steininger was born seven years before women were granted the right to vote, and within her lifetime she’s participated in twenty presidential elections.

According to CNN, Steininger has always supported the Democratic Party. However, with Clinton being one of the party’s front-runners in this year’s election, Steininger is making sure she does all she can to help put a woman in the Oval Office.

"In my second century, I look forward to seeing a woman president," she wrote recently in a letter sent to the Clinton campaign. "I'm trying to live long enough to vote in the November election."

Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone, but at the age of 102 your odds become slimmer each day. The average life expectancy for women in the U.S. is 81, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Steininger has greatly surpassed that estimated age as she is set to turn 103 in April.

Steininger’s son, Stephen, drove her to Spring Hill Elementary School where she participated in the two-hour caucus.

"I hope Hillary appreciates all this," she reportedly said as she walked down a flight of stairs at the school. "It wasn't easy."

While she knows there’s a possibility she may not be able to vote in November, she’s prepared to participate in the campaign as much as possible until then. 

If she does make it to voting day, she has assured everyone — including Clinton — that her ballot will be completed.

"The chances are high that my vote will be absent," she wrote to friends in her Christmas card. "After giving this problem much serious thought and consideration, I have come to the decision that I must live to do my part November 2016, I can die later!"

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