By Robin Ebelt, Reference Department
Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Take a moment to read about some amazing Tennessee women.
Nancy Ward from east Tennessee near Ft. Loudon was a native American who warned settlers of pending Indian attack enabling settlers to reach the safety of Ft. Watauga before an attack occurred.
Loreta Velasquez from Memphis disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Confederate army.
Ida B. Wells from Memphis was a crusader against racial discrimination. She was one of the co-founders of the NAACP in 1909.
Wilma Rudolph from Clarksville, TN overcame childhood polio to be a winner of three gold medals in the 1960 Olympic games.
Pat Head Summitt from Cheatham county was the University of Tennessee head women’s basketball coach from 1974-2012.
Dinah Shore was born in Winchester, Tennessee. She was an award-winning television personality and singer known for her string of TV shows, including Dinah!, Dinah’s Place, and Dinah and Friends.
Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Her literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, mails one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. The Dollywood Foundation, funded from Parton’s net profits, has been noted for bringing jobs and tax revenues to a previously depressed region.