Hillary Clinton’s oldest delegate 102-year-old Geraldine “Jerry” Emmett has been waiting a very long time for this day

As if we haven’t experienced enough emotional moments during this past week’s DNC, we were reminded once again how far we’ve come as a country. And, just when we thought it was safe to pack away our tissues, the interwebs introduced us to Hillary Clinton’s oldest, honorary delegate, Geraldine “Jerry” Emmett of Arizona.

Jerry Emmett is an upbeat, 102-year-old who has been supportive of Hillary Clinton since she first laid eyes on her during Bill Clinton’s first election season.

“My whole life, I keep asking God, let me have one more chance — if you let me go to the convention [to see the first woman to be nominated for president], I’ll go home to heaven without making a little fuss,” Emmett told the Clinton campaign, via the Washington Post.

“And when I called one of my former students and I told them that, she said, ‘oh no you won’t— I’ve already ordered your dress to go to the inauguration.’”

She’s just the cutest!

Throughout her life she has witnessed the civil rights movement, the women’s liberation movement, the women’s suffrage movement. Jerry was born just before the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and recounts being very proud of her mother for casting her first vote for the president of the United States.

Similar to Clinton, Jerry has dedicated her career to bettering her community. She has served as public school teacher in Arizona, and has worked tirelessly to promote the democratic process.


“I’m crying, and I never cry,” Jerry shared with The Washington Post after announcing Arizona’s 51 votes for Clinton“She deserves it so much. She has been so good and such an example that we can do anything.”

And in the midst of celebrating this historical moment, we must not forget to recognize Jerry – she’s been championing for women’s rights for 102 years, and we’re proud to have her on our side.


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