RWWC celebrates elected women of Williamson County
Williamson County Trustee Joey Davis, state Rep. Charles Sargent and state Sen. Jack Johnson recently hosted a celebration for local elected women of Williamson County sponsored by the Republican Women of Williamson County.
Twenty-one Williamson County women who hold a variety of elected offices including: city aldermen, county commissioners, judges, the District Attorney General, public defender, several court clerks and a congressman were recognized for their service and commitment to residents of Williamson County.
“There is a theme here of incredibly strong women,” said Davis. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Counted among the women was Sadie Wade, who is considered a trailblazer and awarded the inaugural Sadie Wade Trailblazer award. In 1986, when Sadie ran for Register of Deeds, women didn’t hold public office. She won and became the first woman in Williamson County to hold elected office, opening the door for Lillian Stewart to be elected mayor of Franklin the following year.
“It was a different world in the 1980s,” said Johnson. “Think about the courage and strength it took for a woman to run for public office. Sadie took that step and now we honor 21 women.”
Humbled by the recognition, Sadie, who still holds the office she was first elected to in 1986, said she didn’t set out to be a trailblazer.
“Back in the covered wagon days of 1986, I didn’t set out to be a trailblazer, I just set out to get a job,” she said. “I saw an opportunity to serve people in my county and we won.”
Cong. Marsha Blackburn called Sadie an inspiration and a powerhouse.
“She is a champion of out causes,” she said. “I am absolutely thrilled to be here among these 21 women. Williamson County leads the way in the state and the nation needs to follow. We also thank the men who are there to support us. Margaret Thatcher constantly reminded Parliament, ‘If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.’”
Posted on: 10/31/2012