Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Carol J. Chumney, on air from September 12th
NEW BOOK EXPOSES GLASS CEILING FOR WOMEN POLITICIANS AND ELECTION SECURITY VULNERABILITIES
The Arena: One Woman’s Story, about her experiences as a woman in the political arena. In 1991, Carol gained election to the Tennessee state legislature at the age of 29. She passed a landmark childcare reform, as reported in TIME magazine and the New York Times. As a veteran state legislator, experienced trial attorney, and Memphis city councilwoman, in 2007, she came within seven points of being elected the first woman mayor of Memphis.
Women are still not proportionally represented in the U.S. Congress, state legislature, statewide executive and mayor positions in the United States. There has never been a female president of the USA.
In 1920, American women secured the right to vote. Tennessee was the 36th state necessary to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment passed by only one vote in the state house. Despite a hundred years of women’s suffrage, there has never been a woman governor of Tennessee. The portraits of 46 men who served as mayor hang on the wall in the Memphis city hall. To date, a female has never been elected mayor of Memphis. In an interview, Carol Chumney will talk about her experiences as a woman in this political arena. She will also address why two things need to happen in order for the doors to open to higher office for women: election reform and a cultural shift away from gender bias. She can talk about:
- Gender bias and the “glass ceiling” in 2023 and her motto that “you first have to see it to defeat it”
- What compelled her to public service
- Her legislative work on a variety of women’s issues, such as the famous “potty parity” bill (increased the number of restrooms for women in public arenas), sponsoring Tennessee’s first stalking law, and a bill mandating a 48-hour stay in hospitals for new mothers
- She was responsible for the legislation that dramatically changed Tennessee’s child care laws
- Election integrity and the need for election reform
- Her work taking the fight for election security to the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress
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Carol J. Chumney is an elected Shelby County (TN) Circuit Court Judge (she took the bench September 1, 2022). Prior to this, she was an attorney in private practice in Memphis, TN. She served thirteen years in the Tennessee state house, earning numerous awards. Chumney served four years as a Memphis city councilwoman, standing up against pension and spending abuses by officials. She made valiant efforts to be elected county mayor in 2002 and Memphis mayor in 2007 and 2009.
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