Ruline Steininger was born 103-years ago, before women could even vote. She decided to caucus for Hillary Clinton in Iowa last year, determined to see the first female president in U.S. history.
“I’ve got a big job ahead of me … I’ve got to live,” she said at the time. “After that, OK, I can die if I want to, but I’m going to live until she’s elected.”
In a heartbreaking turn of events, she witnessed as her dream was fading away. Donald Trump was elected president right in front of her eyes.
“We made a lot of progress and it looked like we were going to make a lot more, and now we’re not,” Steininger told CNN. “And that’s going to make a big difference in our country.”
Steininger passed away on Tuesday night at 103. Her daughter-in-law, Karen Steininger spoke with CNN.
“She had a long and productive life and did much to inspire many women, young and old,” she said in an email. “One of my favorite things that she said, as my husband was telling her about the Women’s March here in Des Moines, was to please send Hillary a note after her death and to let her know that she’ll still be fighting. An activist even after she’s gone.”
Clinton showed her condolences on Friday. She tweeted saying:
“At 103, Ruline Steininger had an energy & vibrancy all should aspire to. My thoughts & prayers are w/ her family.”
At 103, Ruline Steininger had an energy & vibrancy all should aspire to. My thoughts & prayers are w/ her family.pic.twitter.com/LQ1qozY3NH
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2017
Steininger was very excited the day she got to vote on her last ever election.
“I’m going to help all the way. I’m voting today,” an excited Steininger told Clinton then.
“I’m not taking any chance and leaving it ’til the election. When you’re 103, you make every minute count,” she said
“And you have made every minute of all those years count,” Clinton responded.
Steininger also expressed her concern of Trump being president. Saying that it doesn’t bother her, but she worries for her children and grandchildren.
“It won’t bother me, I’m going to die,” she added. “But I’ve got children and grandchildren that are going to be affected by President Trump.”
Rest in peace miss Steininger.