“I was always hoping that it would happen,” McDougle, of Worthington, Ohio, told ABC News of voting for a female leader. “When I saw other countries doing it, I did wonder why we don’t do it.”
“And now we’ve done it,” she said. “It was a very good feeling.”
McDougle, the mother of three sons and a grandmother to five boys, is one of more than 120 women featured on the website IWaited96Years.com who were born in or prior to 1920 and are voting for Clinton.
The website was started when the granddaughter of Estelle Schultz, 98, of Rockville, Maryland, shared a photo of Schultz with her absentee ballot for Clinton on Facebook.
McDougle cast her first presidential ballot for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She said in all her years of closely following politics, she had never seen a presidential election as tumultuous as this year’s.
“I have been ever hopeful that we would have a woman president,” McDougle said. “I think it’s about time and I think [Clinton] is very wonderfully experienced in government and will make a wonderful president.”
McDougle described an “excitement in the air” at her polling place, where she was taken to vote by her son, Dennis McDougle.
She said she will be “blissfully happy” if Clinton wins the presidential race.
When asked if she plans to stay up to watch the election returns, McDougle quickly replied, “Oh, all night.”
Social media users also took to Twitter today to show examples of women born before passage of the 19th Amendment exercising their right to vote.