Diary from 1920 inspires women to vote

KING 5's Dan Cassuto reports.

On a Tuesday in November of 1920, a Scottish immigrant to Massachusetts wrote two matter-of-fact sentences in her diary.

"Voted for President of the United States. The first year a woman has had the power in this state."

The diary was written by Jane Dalglish.

Her great-great-granddaughter, Heidi Wolf, lives in Seattle and shared a picture of that diary entry with the Seattle Public Library.

Those old words are inspiring a new generation of women about the power of democracy and the importance of their vote.

"I think that's pretty amazing," said Marissa, 19, who will vote for the first time in her life on Tuesday. "I've never voted before. As I'm reading this, it makes me want to vote."

"It makes me more hopeful seeing this," said Kenzie Olds, a fashion blogger. "Women weren't always allowed to vote. People of color weren't always allowed to vote. Progress can be made."

Dalglish was 74 years old when she voted for the first time in 1920.

"It's very exciting to be carrying on the family tradition of being actively engaged in politics as a voter," wrote her great-great-granddaughter, Wolf, in an email. "It's less than 100 years since my great-great-grandmother and other white women of the USA were granted suffrage - only a little more than 50 years since that right was signed into law by President Johnson for women and men of color throughout the country."

The Seattle Public Library shared a photo of the diary on Facebook, which has received hundreds of likes.

Copyright 2016 KING


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