Celebrating 100 Years Of Women’s Suffrage

In celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage join WTF’s Honor Roll!

Women for Tennessee’s Future (WTF) is celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage and we hope you will join us by honoring women in your life who embody the courage, fight and grit of our suffragists!

WTF is committed to advancing women’s equality by electing Democratic, pro-choice women to office. We accomplish that by ensuring our endorsed candidates have the necessary resources to run winning campaigns. This is where you come in!

This historic month, you can help WTF meet its August fundraising goal of $2,020!

Can you chip in $20.20 and join our Honor Roll?  (Click here to join)

In recognition of your generous contribution we hope you will honor a woman (or women) in your life who is an advocate, champion, inspiration, fighter, trailblazer, history maker!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Chip-In $20.20 and we will add you to our Honor Roll on our website
  2. Honor a woman in your life by completing one of the statements below
  3. Send us your statement and a photo of your honoree or both of you together
  4. We will send you social media graphics for the both of you to share to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in August
  • [Your Name] honors her/his [Their Name] for their commitment to….
  • [Your Name] honors her/his [Their Name] for their courage to….
  • [Your Name] honors her/his [Their Name] for their leadership on….
  • Or modify and create your own!

WTF would love to share your statements and graphics on our social media channels, but you may also request to keep them private for your own personal use – no problem! 

WTF recognizes that when the 19th Amendment was ratified in August 1920, it was primarily a victory for white women. In the years leading up to and for decades after that passage, women of color tirelessly fought to ensure ALL women could exercise their right to vote. We hope that our honor roll will recognize this reality by sharing and celebrating stories about the broad diversity of inspirational women.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Kim Troup honors her amazing friend Clarice Rankins for her commitment to registering people to vote.

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Elizabeth Rowland

MEET ELIZABETH ROWLAND

Elizabeth Rowland is running for House District 16 in Knox County, which is an open seat. Elizabeth is a native Knoxvillian who has had a 20-year career in policy and advocacy, working to create jobs and security for Americans. She is running on a platform that includes investing in our public schools, improving health care access, including Medicaid expansion, and creating 21st century jobs through robust support for cutting-edge career and technical education.

Her General Election Day is November 3, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Elizabeth by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforElizabethRowland

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: www.VoteElizabethRowland.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

It’s Pride Month! Let’s Keep Making History

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH!

I join WTF in celebrating Pride during the month of June. In 2015, I earned one of WTF’s earliest endorsements when I ran for Nashville Metro Council.

With your help, I made history as the first openly LGBTQ woman elected to a legislative body in the state of Tennessee when I won that race!

As any candidate knows, it takes bravery to put your name on the ballot and run for office. Having an organization like WTF support and invest in my candidacy gave me additional courage and strength to run as my authentic self and win.

Last year, I ran for re-election and earned WTF’s support again. During that campaign, I pledged that if 4 or more LGBTQ people were elected to Nashville Metro Council, I would form an LGBTQ Caucus to advocate for all LGBTQ Nashvillians.

With the help of WTF, we did just that: I won my race again and Nashville made history by electing 5 openly LGBTQ Councilmembers in one year. I am proud to Chair the first-ever Nashville Metro Council LGBTQ Caucus, which became a reality in October 2019.

WTF is changing the face of TN politics and I am grateful for the organization’s many years of support.

Will you help us continue the mission by joining WTF’s Monthly Giving Team? Please make a monthly sustaining contribution of $5 or more and WTF will send you their signature wine glass!

SIGN ME UP >>> https://bit.ly/WTFgivemonthly

I made my contribution and have been using my WTF wine glass throughout the quarantine. We can’t be together in person to celebrate Pride month, but we can raise a glass together and celebrate the strides we have made and will continue to make in the future.

Your support means so much to endorsed candidates like myself. Let’s continue to make history together and #ElectWTFWomen this year! 

In Solidarity,

Councilmember Nancy VanReece
Nashville Metro Councilmember, District 8

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Ashli Shockley

MEET ASHLI SHOCKLEY

Ashli Shockley ia a Tullahoma native, former military spouse, and now a stay at home mom. Ashli is currently raising her three children while volunteering throughout her town. She is room mom at her children’s school, enjoys being an active member at the local Unitarian Universalist Church, and is an advocate for MICA: Maternal Nerve Injury from Childbirth Awareness. Ashli is running for alderman because she feels that Tullahoma is one of the best places to raise a family and will do what it takes to keep this a town where her children will want to return to one day to raise their future families. Her platform is focused on affordable housing options for all, ensuring neighborhood integrity through smart zoning and development, and investing in infrastructure including roads, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Her General Election Day is August 6, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Ashli by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforAshli

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: VoteAshli.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Alderman Robin Dunn

MEET ALDERMAN ROBIN DUNN

Robin Dunn is a mom, former school teacher, small business owner and Tullahoma native. She is running for re-election to a second term as Tullahoma Alderman. Her platform is focused on educational equity, growing the local economy through supportive small business practices and investing in infrastructure including road, sidewalks and public transit.

Her General Election Day is August 6, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Robin by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforRobinDunn

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at:

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Dominique Primer

MEET DOMINIQUE PRIMER

Dominique Primer is running to bring power back to Tennessee’s 84th District. Dominique is one of Memphis’ most committed community servants and local problem-solvers. She has dedicated her adult life to improving the lives of Tennessee’s children, women, and working-class families. She is running for House District 84 in Memphis, against incumbent Rep. Joe Towns Jr., who consistently votes against the interests of women and our reproductive rights. Dominique is running on a platform of fully funding public schools, expanding Medicaid and making healthcare more accessible, and advocating for safer communities through common sense gun laws and better collaboration between law enforcement and local communities.

Her Primary Election Day is August 6, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Dominique by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforDominique

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: DominiquePrimer.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Elizabeth Madeira

MEET ELIZABETH MADEIRA

Elizabeth Madeira is running for House District 63 in Williamson County against disgraced former Speaker of the House, Glen Casada. Elizabeth is a mom to three young kids, a teacher and a long-time volunteer for local faith-based organizations in her community. She is running on a platform of investing in public education, ensuring access to quality healthcare, expanding mail-in voting, and restoring integrity to the seat.

General Election Day is November 3, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Elizabeth by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforElizabeth

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: elizabethfortn.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Rep. Gloria Johnson

MEET REP. GLORIA JOHNSON

State Rep. Gloria Johnson is the incumbent Representative for District 13 in Knoxville. Rep. Johnson is a retired Special education teacher of 27 years and is one of our fiercest allies in the Legislature. Her policy agenda has focused on medicaid expansion, supporting public education, advocating for paid family leave, and championing women’s rights. 

General Election Day is November 3, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Rep. Johnson by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforGloJo

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: VoteGloriaJohnson.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Senator Sara Kyle

MEET SENATOR SARA KYLE

Senator Sara Kyle is the incumbent Senator for District 30 in Memphis, where she has served since 2014. A trailblazing leader, Senator Kyle became the second woman elected to statewide office in TN when she won her race for Public Service Commissioner in 1994. Her legislative agenda has focused on making healthcare accessible and affordable, supporting public education, and advocating policies that promote gender equity, especially in taxation.

Primary Election Day is August 6, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Senator Kyle by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforSaraKyle

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: SenatorSaraKyle.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.

 

WTF Is Proud To Endorse Civil Miller-Watkins

MEET CIVIL MILLER-WATKINS

Civil Miller-Watkins is a mom, grandmother, wife, social worker, Democratic Party leader and a longtime community leader in West TN. She currently serves on the Board of Education for Fayette County Schools and she is running for Senate District 26, which is an open seat. Her platform is focused on making healthcare affordable and accessible, adequately funding public education, and expanding infrastructure, including broadband access, to grow our economy and meet the needs of rural TN. 

General Election Day is November 3, 2020.

Join WTF in supporting Civil by making a donation to her campaign online: https://bit.ly/WTFforCivil

100% of your contribution goes directly to her campaign.

Learn more at: Civil4TN.com

Together, we will #ElectWTFWomen.