Gladys Love Avery Tillett was an American organizer and activist born in Morgantown, N.C., in 1891.
She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1917 with a political science degree and eventually went on to continue her education at Columbia University.
She was an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and in 1936 became the director of the Speakers Bureau of the Women’s Division of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first woman named assistant to the chairman of the Democratic National Convention and the first woman to address the convention.
She was known for pushing women to become involved in politics.
“Women in the South are very interested in politics and very active,” she was quoted saying in a local newspaper. “This is all nonsense about the Southern woman devoting herself exclusively to home activities.”
Reckon covers women year-round. But since it’s Women’s History Month, we want to introduce you to Southern women we should all know about and whose props are long overdue.