North Carolina Women
Their Lives and Times

Edited by Michele Gillespie and Sally G. McMillen
Volume 2

Life-and-times histories of women from North Carolina


"This volume is a welcome addition to the scholarship on North Carolina women. Thanks to the book's careful documentation, high school and college students could use one of the pieces as a springboard for further research on a particular woman or topic. Any of the essays would be an excellent choice for college course readings. The fluid writing and interesting subject matter make this volume a very pleasurable read."
—Elizabeth Bramm Dunn, North Carolina Historical Review


By the twentieth century, North Carolina’s progressive streak had strengthened, thanks in large part to a growing number of women who engaged in and influenced state and national policies and politics. These women included Gertrude Weil who fought tirelessly for the Nineteenth Amendment, which extended suffrage to women, and founded the state chapter of the League of Women Voters once the amendment was ratified in 1920. Gladys Avery Tillett, an ardent Democrat and supporter of Roosevelt's New Deal, became a major presence in her party at both the state and national levels. Guion Griffis Johnson turned to volunteer work in the postwar years, becoming one of the state's most prominent female civic leaders. Through her excellent education, keen legal mind, and family prominence, Susie Sharp in 1949 became the first woman judge in North Carolina and in 1974 the first woman in the nation to be elected and serve as chief justice of a state supreme court. Throughout her life, the Reverend Dr. Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray charted a religious, literary, and political path to racial reconciliation on both a national stage and in North Carolina.

This is the second of two volumes that together explore the diverse and changing patterns of North Carolina women's lives. The essays in this volume cover the period beginning with women born in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but who made their greatest contributions to the social, political, cultural, legal, and economic life of the state during the late progressive era through the late twentieth century.

Contributors: Jane Becker on Lucy Morgan; Eileen Boris on Ellen Black Winston; Heather Bryson on Ella Josephine Baker; Ann Short Chirhart on Charlotte Hawkins Brown; M. Anna Fariello on Olive Dame Campbell; Joey Fink on Crystal Lee Sutton; Rebecca Godwin on North Carolina Women Writers; Anna Ragland Hayes on Susie Marshall Sharp; Amy Hill Hearth on the Delany Sisters; Lu Ann Jones on North Carolina’s Farm Women; Sally G. McMillen on Gladys Avery Tillett; Elizabeth Gillespie McRae on Nell Battle Lewis; Sarah C. Thuesen on Guion Griffis Johnson; Melissa Walker on Margaret Jarman Hagood; Jessica Wilkerson on Ella May Wiggins; Emily Herring Wilson on Gertrude Weil; Lauren F. Winner on Pauli Murray.

Southern Women: Their Lives and Times

Page count: 424
22 b&w photos, 1 map
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Michele Gillespie is Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South and Free Labor in an Unfree World: White Artisans in Slaveholding Georgia, 1789–1860 (both Georgia) and coeditor of ten books.

Sally G. McMillen is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History at Davidson College. She is the author of Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life; Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing; To Raise Up the South: Sunday Schools in Black and White Churches, 1865–1915; and Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement.