Women’s movement is strong in Tennessee, with more women serving in local and state offices

Gloria Johnson at healthcare rally

Credit: Knoxville News Sentinel

By Georgiana Vines

“This is going to be a health-care voter year. Our legislature has done nothing to help Tennesseans get access to afford care, made insurance more expensive, when it could have done the opposite,” Johnson said.

Johnson is the last woman to have represented Knox County in the state House, with the first having been Annie May Davis, called the “Mother of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” She introduced a bill in 1925 that allowed for the first purchase of the park by Tennessee.

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