Suffrage activists monument

This monument in Nashville’s Centennial Park, created by artist Alan LeQuire, features likenesses of suffrage activists Abby Crawford Milton, Anne Dallas Dudley, J. Frankie Pierce, Carrie Chapman Catt and Sue Shelton White. – SUBMITTED

In 1920, Tennessee Governor Albert Roberts called a special session of the General Assembly to consider the Nineteenth Amendment. When it passed it, the Volunteer State became the 36th of 48 states to do so. Since that time, women have been able to legally vote in every state.

As we near the 100th anniversary of this event, I want to look more closely at two women who were devoted to the cause but who had little else in common.

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