The Susan B. Anthony Award for leadership in women's issues is presented by: TEA's Racial and Social Justice Committee.


This award is presented to a person who has been active in the field of women's rights and/or has furthered the achievement of equal opportunity for women and girls.


To be eligible for this award, an individual must have demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Achievement of equal educational opportunity

  • Improvement of the economic situation of female teachers

  • Development of programs to assist women of different races in forming work coalitions and sharing resources

  • Promotion of the passage of legislation designed to eliminate sex role stereotyping in schools, the curriculum and the nation

  • Publication of research concerning women in education

  • Promotion of awareness of women's issues

  • Serves as a role model and/or mentor for women and/or girls


Questions and Answers about the Susan B. Anthony Award


Q.    How may a person receive the award?
A.    A member of the Tennessee Education Association or a lay person may be nominated by a local association or an individual.


Q.    Is there a nomination form?
A.    Yes. A biographical section and seven questions are included in the application. Each October nomination forms are mailed to each local association president and can be downloaded here.


Q.    How is the recipient chosen?
A.    The Committee considers each nomination and by consensus determines the recipient. The award is presented at the TEA Representative Assembly.


Q.    May non-members of the TEA be nominated?
A.    Yes, if they are outside the teaching profession. Educators who are not members of the TEA are not eligible.


Q.    Is there a deadline for submitting nominations?
A.    Yes, February 2.


The TEA Racial and Social Justice Committee includes the Status of Women in Education Committee, which was established in 1973 by Hubert Atchley, Virginia Brannum, Cindi Chance, Frieda Flack, Peggy Pearson, Louis Wakefield, and Carol Wick to promote women's leadership issues and opportunities within the educational community. Duties of the committee are to:


  • Conduct studies of women in education and association positions and publish research findings.

  • Coordinate, supervise and evaluate training programs for women's leadership development.

  • Review affirmative action programs.

  • Increase awareness of attitudes, stereotypes, sex biases and role discrimination in education.

  • Work cooperatively with other groups in exchanging information in the interest of women.

  • Make committee recommendations to the TEA Board of Directors.


Members of the committee are appointed by the TEA President upon nominations from local association presidents across the state. Committee members serve two-year terms. 


For more information about the Racial and Social Justice Committee and Status of Women in Education Committee contact Jessica Holmes.


Susan B. Anthony worked tirelessly throughout her life to gain rights women of today take as their due; rights such as control over a woman's own wages, estate and child custody rights, and the right to vote. Her efforts to have women recognized as potential leaders led her all across the United States and Europe, often subjected to ridicule and threats of imprisonment; but in the end, her goals were achieved. In addition to achieving suffrage for women, she and fellow author Elizabeth Cady Stanton published the History of Woman Suffrage, a six-volume composition of personal recollections, letters, transcripts and newspaper reports on all aspects of the struggle for women's rights. The Racial and Social Justice Committee is proud to have as a role model this well-known advocate of women's issues.