105-year-old Petersburg resident hopes for first female US president

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg resident Elizabeth Roberts remembers a time when there were horse and buggies as well as both of the World Wars. Now, she is hoping to witness another American milestone.

On this Election Day, Roberts is celebrating her 105th birthday. Some would call her a living history book.

“I thought at one time that all women could do is be trained to be a nurse or a teacher,” 105-year-old Petersburg resident Elizabeth Roberts said about her previous notions. She said that she is hoping today that the first ever female president will be elected.

She told 8News reporter Jonathan Costen that she is hoping our nation will make history again by electing its first ever female president.

Roberts said that in the past she thought, like many people of her generation, that women could not hold positions of authority beyond being teachers or nurses.


“I thought at one time that all women could do is be trained to be a nurse or a teacher,” Roberts said. “Otherwise, she would do rub-a-dub wash and iron and that kind of stuff.”

Roberts was thrilled to see history made when Barack Obama was elected president. However, she said that she thought Martin Luther King Jr. would have held the title first had he lived.

“Martin Luther King got along with people, white or black,” Roberts said. “Races didn’t mean anything to him. He just wanted you to be right.”

When asked the secret to how she has lived so long, Roberts said it has a lot to do with her faith.

“There’s always a good road and a bad road,” she said. “Take the good road. It doesn’t make you perfect, but it makes you as perfect as you can [be].”

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