LWV has its roots in the 72 year struggle leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment providing American women with the right to vote. We celebrate that legacy and use the inspiration to drive our current efforts to expand voting rights to the disenfranchised.

LWV commissioned Nashville Ballet to create a ballet of the 72-year journey for women to find their voices. 

Reservations are open for February 2020 performances for students (grades 8-12).


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LWVN celebrates 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.


Anne Dallas Dudley, prominent  Nashville suffragist







J. Frankie Pierce, prominent African-American Nashville suffragist











Frances Bond Davis, young Nashville suffragist




Rep. Harry T. Burn, the Final Vote 


Governor A.H. Roberts 


Hermitage Hotel, epicenter of battle between the Suffragists and Antis


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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.”

As part of our centennial celebrations, LWVN is offering a limiting edition of signed, heirloom quality 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 is the property of the Tennessee State Museum.