108-year-old woman getting ready to vote

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A 108-year-old woman getting ready to vote. (KTRK)

Miriam Minsker, who was born in 1908, remembers voting for Herbert Hoover the first time she cast a ballot on Election Day.

She now says to TWC News Buffalo that she's looking forward to casting her vote on Tuesday, and there's one nominee she can't forget: Hillary Clinton.

Born in East Aurora, Minsker later attended Syracuse University for two years and then transferred to Pitt, getting her degree in business administration in 1930.

That same year, she began working as a bookkeeper and married John Minsker, whom she remained with for 68 years.

Minsker says though work and motherhood kept her from being politically active, she's always participated as a voter.

She attributes her long life to staying calm, and being well taken care of at the Beechwood facility.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Women's Party, which is credited with helping American women earn the right to vote.

Officials at the Buffalo/Niagara League of Women Voters say Tuesday is significant because women have earned a right to serve on every level, including as president.

"It's important for women to serve as well as men because women are certainly as able, and many times, more able than the men that are in their same position or same job.

Women make up more than 50 percent of the population.

For way too long, women were not thought of as having the stamina, the brain power, the intelligence, and they have all of those things," said Terri Parks, League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara co-president.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that now has male and female members who focus on ensuring a fair and democratic voting process.
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