All their sacrifice and enormous contribution to making ours a “more perfect union” was nearly forgotten by all but a few scholars. Seventy five years after the ratification, Tennessee had no memorials to those women, not even a bust or a plaque in the Capitol. The average Tennessean did not know the role Tennessee played in the great awakening to fuller democracy. Few Tennesseans could name a single one of the many women who sacrificed so much of their time , energy and resources to secure a vote for over half of this country. Memories faded, stories were lost.
With the lost memories, the chance for Tennessee to take pride in its important contribution was lost. More importantly, the chance for young girls, women and all those who have been or feel they have been sidelined in this democracy to find inspiration and hope was lost as well.
Now their stories of struggle, sacrifice, heartbreak, betrayal, persistence and ultimately victory need to told in their own words. We need to know their names. We need to draw from their strength. We need to honor them.
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