Sisters in Suffrage: The First Female Voters of Limestone County

- Davis, Rebekah*
In her presentation, Davis tells the stories of nearly 700 Limestone County women who banded together in 1920 to register to vote for the first time. Less than two months before registration opened, the prominent men of the county had rolled out the red carpet for the "Tennessee Filibusters" from Nashville who had "stormed Athens" in attempt to nullify Tennessee's pivotal ratification of the 19th Amendment.

The local newspaper editor at the time sang their praises, and Confederate veterans vowed to fight to keep women from voting as hard as they had fought to keep Union troops from the county borders. But the editor's wife was one of the hundreds of women who quietly joined with their sisters — in blood and in spirit — to open the Limestone County Courthouse door and claim their right of suffrage. Many of these women have daughters and granddaughters who still live and vote in Limestone County today.