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Why 101-year-old Shirley Skinner supports Hillary Clinton

Shirley Skinner was born in 1915 — five years before most women in America got the right to vote. Now at 101 years old, she has already voted in this presidential election and tells us why she's behind Hillary Clinton for president.
Shirley Skinner of Schenevus, NY, has already voted for Hillary Clinton and says 'this is the year of the woman.' (Kathleen Gasperini )
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Shirley Skinner was born in 1915 — five years before most women in America got the right to vote. 

She recalls at 5 years old hearing men talk about women voting as the end of the world, saying 'women don't know what they are doing.'

When Skinner turned 18, she cast her first ballot for Franklin D. Roosevelt and has been voting ever since.

Today, Skinner is 101 years old and has been watching the election closely from her home in Schenevus, New York. She has already voted by absentee ballot for Hillary Clinton.

If Clinton should win the White House, it would be a major milestone for American women. That's a fact that hasn't been lost on Skinner.

"There are other women presidents in other countries. And here we are in America. We are so backwards," Skinner says. 

"It's taken this long to get a black man in the office. And now why not have a woman?"

When it comes to being president, Skinner believes women have qualities that suit being president.

"I think women are more understanding when it comes to a problem because women listen more carefully than men. "

Skinner says she thinks Clinton will open doors that weren't opened before.

"I'm telling everybody this is the year of the woman."

Listen to Shirley Skinner.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino.