The Democratic convention was full of a diverse array of delegates, from all different races, religions, and sexual orientations. Old and young, the delegates assembled on Tuesday to declare their state delegate votes for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

In the assembled masses at the DNC was the youngest delegate – a 17-year-old girl – and the oldest delegate – a 102-year-old woman who was 8 years old when women won the right to vote in the United States.

It was this centenarian woman and her participation in the roll call process which truly brought home the impact of this nomination. Clinton’s identity aside, there is no denying the nomination and likely election of a woman candidate means for women, young and old, all over this nation.

This woman has lived through a lot, and likely for most of her life she believed that this day would never come – and yet it has.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at