Witnessing History, Through the Eyes of a 90-Year-Old Delegate

Felicia Kahn of New Orleans was among the most enthusiastic

Felicia Kahn, center, had a prime seat in the Louisiana delegation Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)
Felicia Kahn, center, had a prime seat in the Louisiana delegation Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)
Posted July 29, 2016 at 12:29pm

PHILADELPHIA — Felicia Kahn was born less than a decade after women’s suffrage was guaranteed by the 19th amendment.  

And Thursday night, the New Orleans resident had a prime seat in the lower bowl of Wells Fargo Arena as part of the Democrats’ Louisiana delegation to witness Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination for president.  

“I’m so excited that I have lived to see this,” Kahn said in an interview. “And in memory of all the women who aren’t here that I have known in my life, I celebrate for them.”  

Kahn — who said she turned 90 earlier this month — sported a red hat and was waving signs and flags throughout the evening. And, like so many others in the arena, Kahn was active on Twitter throughout the week.  

She said she has been attending the Democratic National Convention since 1976, “when nobody even thought about women.” Jimmy Carter won the party’s nod that year.  

“The women were excited because Jimmy Carter talked to six or eight women in a private conversation about issues and that was the big thing,” Kahn said.  

“It seems like a long time but it was relatively short,” Kahn said, praising Clinton’s policy proposals in her acceptance speech, including her nod to pay equity for women. “She had a laundry list of what I’ve been working on with volunteers and in my community.”  

Kahn said that Clinton was the perfect person to break the presidential glass ceiling, since there is little doubt that she has the credentials for the job.  

“She has all the experience that is necessary to be the first woman,” she said.  

Contact Lesniewski at NielsLesniewski@cqrollcall.com and follow him on Twitter @nielslesniewski
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