My Grandmother was the first woman to vote in my family. She was born in 1903. Women were given the right to vote only in 1945 in France, some 30 years after the U.S.That means that my grandmother had to wait until her late 40s to be able to cast her ballot as a full-fledged citizen. She didn’t know how to read or write but she taught herself enough to be able to read the names of the candidates and learn some basic writing so she could sign the documents. She went on to vote in each and every election for the rest of her life and made sure that I and my siblings were doing the same when we made clear that we were not as passionate as she was about exerting our basic citizen rights.