Celebrating 100 Years Of Women’s Suffrage

Women for Tennessee’s Future (WTF) celebrated 100 years of Women’s Suffrage through our WTF Honor Roll in August 2020. The women honored below embody the courage, fight and grit of our suffragists!

WTF’s Honor Roll (alphabetical by last name):

Lisa Armstrong honors her mom, Dorothy Stulberg, who taught her children to honor all people and to celebrate their differences. She taught us how to be strong women and to stand up for our rights and the rights of others. She fought the long and hard fight and her actions continue to teach and raise young women to be all that they can be

Krissa Barclay honors County Clerk Brenda Wynn for being a mentor to young women through her example, sharing her story and walking in her faith.

Krissa Barclay honors Phyllis Williams and her ability to never let life or politics make her cynical.

Aftyn Behn honorher mother, Julianne Behn, for raising her to know her power to fight the powerful.

Moira Bindner celebrates her 17 year old daughter, Cate, who knows that women are at the table where decisions are being made and that citizenship is a verb.

Kathy Floyd Buggs honors her daughters Alison Haymer and Courtney Buggs for being STRONG and FEARLESS women. I am a better person because they call me Mom. In this Crazy world where you can be anything… Just be yourself.

Terriah Carver honors Clerk Temiika D. Gipson for her commitment and dedication to Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as well as being a prominent leader in her community. Clerk Temiika Gipson made history in August 2018, as the first female, and first African American, to be elected as the Clerk of Circuit Court. She has gone above and beyond to serve the citizens of Shelby County since being in office.

Barbara Clinton honors Tonya Elkins for her years of leadership, using research and friendship, to enhance the health of women through Vanderbilt Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker program.

Barbara Clinton honors Aineth Murguia for her commitment to immigrant and refugee women through Tennessee Justice for our Neighbors, for finding ways to ease the stress of women making a new home in a new country.

Barbara Clinton honors Meg Robertson for her many contributions to the beauty of our state, its community organizations, and its marginalized and low income women.

Karen Cochran honors her mother Shirley Crawford Dunn for her lifelong commitment to women’s issues and her commitment to racial equity.

Charlotte Cooper honors Mina Johnson for her commitment to community and neighborhood issues, but most of all, I am thankful for our many, many years of friendship.

Malikah Crawley honors Circuit Court Clerk Temiika D. Gipson for her courage and leadership in her elected position as Clerk of Circuit Court in Shelby County. Not only is she the first woman, but she is also the first African American woman making history in August 2018. She is a pillar in her community and continues to make it her priority to serve the citizens of Shelby County.

Lisa Furkins honors her great grandmother Willie Bell who voted every time and spoke of it to me as a child.  
Alison Gower honors Annis Marney for carrying on her mother’s resolute devotion to women’s rights and raising Hell.

Alison Gower honors Lisa Stevenson for her unwavering commitment and courage supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and the rights of all people.

Lori Jarvis Stephens honors her sister, Anna Jarvis, for her courage in facing challenges with tenacity and sparkle! 

Mina Johnson honors her mother Shizuka Suzuki for her strength for raising her as a single mother.

James Mackler and his daughters honor Rabbi Shana Mackler who exemplifies service each and every day.

Shelley Mangold honors her long time friend Martha Coppock for her commitment to the League of Women Voters, Civil Rights and Planned Parenthood.  

Ginna Mashburn honors former Knox County Commissioner Bee DeSelm who was a beacon to subsequent women leaders and has a Branch Library named in her honor.

Sarah McCall honors her Momma, Lynn McCall, for her commitment to equality, always.

Amanda McClendon honors Elaine Wilee, Patricia Kimberly Soto and Jennifer Wilee for being strong, powerful influences in her life.

Jessica McDuffie-Massey honors her college roommates, Amanda Bihun, Quin Segall Evans, Katie Terry, and Kelly Cutcheon Talley, for their unwavering love, support and commitment to the fight for women’s equality.

Sandra McMullin Bennett honors Keri Adams, Past CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee, for her long-time work as an advocate for women’s reproductive rights and for her unwavering support of moving women forward. She and her husband are raising three amazing daughters who will, undoubtedly, follow in her footsteps so the work will go on.   

Sandra McMullin Bennett honors Cynthia Bennett, a fierce warrior for women’s equality through her work with the National Organization for Women and the Davidson County Democratic Women.  She sets an example through her work and her voice and she’s more than exceeded what any of the Tennessee Suffragist would have ever thought possible. 

Sandra McMullin Bennett honors Mary Frances Lyle, an attorney who served as the lobbyist for the Nashville and Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus for over twenty-six years.  She was a tireless advocate for women and mentor to so many.  She left big shoes to be filled and those of us who knew her and worked with her are still trying our best to fill them. 

Tina Mercer honors Shirlene Mercer for her commitment to Civil Rights. She was one of the Four Freshman at Lane College that fought during Civil Rights.

Kristin Michelitch honors her mom, Marilyn, for her courage to be a math major in early 1960s and for generally flouting social norms; her sister, Merrilyn, for rising to the top of the Biotech industry and mentoring younger women in STEM; her sister-in-law, Julie, for unwavering caregiving to so many people, important work done by so many unsung heroes; her niece, Sarah, for being confident to be herself through the teen years; her niece, Ana, for her imagination; and her daughter, Josephine, for her adventurous spirit and enthusiasm.

Mary Jo Middlebrooks proudly honors her sister, Melinda Middlebrooks, who is a fierce attorney and mother. She has reared her three children to be informed, intelligent voters. She is an unapologetic activist who is not afraid to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Julie Mitchell honors her grandmother who was her role model for a smart, independent woman. She got a college degree back in the late 1930s and had a career even after starting a family.

Sandy Moss honors Lilli for her commitment to protecting our planet now and for generations to come.

Chelsea Moubarak honors her mother who is one of the strongest and smartest people she knows and whose boundless life lessons echo her head every day.  She worked on Wall Street in the 80s when it was mostly men and Chelsea guarantees that she was the smartest person in the room every single time. 

Chelsea Moubarak honors her Nana who is 89 and one of her best friends. She worked in Boston all through her young adult life and didn’t get married until she was 30 years old and she was ready and had met the right person. She has always encouraged her to do the same. 

Chris Norris honors Susan Ford Wiltshire, retired Vanderbilt Classics Professor, for leading the drive for Women’s Equity at Vanderbilt (WEAV) almost 40 years ago.

Rebecca Pearce honors her mother, Linda Pearce, for her commitment to health care access and women’s health.

Mariah Phillips honors her mom, Denise Burian, for raising her to stand up for what is right and actively work to make the world a better place.

Marjorie Pomeroy-Wallace honors Hana Ali for her persistence, heart, courage, and her tireless commitment to the Democrats of Sumner County and all of Tennessee! A mother, wife, business woman, doctor, poet, candidate, and county party chair, she makes us all better just for knowing her!

Anita Poulton honors Sandra P. Beld for her advocacy, care and loving patience with her son and my grandson with special needs.

Anita Poulton honors Michelle Bodine for her commitment and loving care she has provided her daughter and my granddaughter who was born with Rett Syndrome.
Danielle Schonbaum honors Tracy O’Connor for always working for the women she wants to see in office and fighting to eliminate voter suppression.
Jackie Shrago honors Pat Burton (my oldest who recently past at 93) & Leah (my youngest age 9) who have always believed women should be elected and encouraged me to participate in campaigns.
Jamie Singer honors her niece, Leah, and her sister, Wendy, for being willing to discuss opposing views openly and for appreciating how history can help us put today’s divisive issues in context and move toward solutions.
Kim Troup honors her amazing friend Clarice Rankins for her commitment to registering people to vote.
Emilee Warner honors community leader Tequila Johnson for her fearlessness and unstoppable dedication as Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Equity Alliance, which proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream.
Emilee Warner honors her colleague Chelsea Norman for their commitment to working hard for progress. Chelsea recently led the election campaign for Emily Masters for School Board, which was victorious.
Jennifer Watson honors Greta McClain of Silent No Longer & Enough is Enough TN for her fearless advocacy for Tennessean girls and women.