Today, LWVN is proud to have men and women as members. However, our historic roots began with one of the epic battles for voting equality – obtaining the women’s right to vote in America. Success came in 1920 after 52 years of local, state and federal campaigns to change the law. It is this struggle that inspires us to continue our efforts to help all eligible citizens have the opportunity to vote.

Join the League of Women Voters of Nashville and Nashville Ballet for a free performance of the world premier of “72 Steps” commemorating the 72 year suffragists’ journey from Seneca Falls to Nashville, Tennessee.


Feb Burn guiding her young son, Harry Burn, to “do the right thing.”

November 10, 2018
:00-3:00 p.m.
Frances Bond Davis Theater
Harpeth Hall School
3801 Hobbs Road
Nashville, 37215


Judy-Raines-suffragistLWVN is celebrating the long battle for women’s suffrage as well as the final victory in 1920 with a series of celebrations of important milestones in the struggle including events at the historic Hermitage Hotel and Centennial Park, site of the first outdoor women’s suffrage rally in the south.


Check our newsletter for information about upcoming events and ways that you can be a part of our celebrations.




 Join us for High Tea and Ballet
 Celebrating Women’s Suffrage in Tennessee

Sunday, October 21, 2018
2:30-4:00 p.m.


Nashville Main Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
(Parking available in adjacent public parking garage.)


$50 per person
High Tea and Ballet “Teaser”


The Nashville Ballet will perform a “teaser” of the original contemporary ballet commissioned by the League of Women Voters using the language of dance to tell the dramatic story of how Tennessee gave American women the right to vote. A traditional high tea will follow.

As part of our centennial celebrations, LWVN is offering a limiting edition of signed, numbered prints of “Nashville Parade for Women’s Suffrage” by acclaimed Tennessee artist, Shirley Martin. The painting depicts the historic women’s parade from the state capitol to Centennial Park to promote the cause of women’s suffrage. The original painting hangs in the office of the First Lady of Tennessee.


Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel was the final battleground where the suffragists, wearing yellow roses, and the “antis” with red roses, cajoled and persuaded TN legislators to vote their way. The eyes of the nation were on Tennessee in August 1920 when, by the margin of one vote cast by young Representative Harry Burn, Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment giving women in America the right to vote.


Votes for Women To-nightHowever, like most major social and political movements, change did not happen overnight.   In May 1914, a prominent Nashville socialite, Anne Dallas Dudley, and fellow suffragists organized the first parade for the Women’s Right to Vote in the entire South and, through her efforts in 1915 the Hermitage Hotel was the site for the National American Women’s Association convention. After extremely rancorous debate, the organization voted to support “the Susan B. Anthony Amendment by every means within its power.”