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 West Virginia Women's Commission Recognizes Tennant With Award Named For Women's Suffrage Pioneer

3/27/2012

The award recipients. From left to right: Beth Cook, recipient of the Community
Service Helaine Rotgin Award; Secretary Tennant, recipient of the Empowering
Women Lenna Lowe Yost Award; Donna Taylor, who accepted the "A Woman
Making History Award" on behalf of her mother, the late Mildred Mitchell-Bateman;
Nancy Cartmill, recipient of the Government Anna Johnson Gate Award; and
Jennifer Ours Williams, recipient of the Non-Traditional Jobs Pioneer Susan
Dew Hoff Award.

    Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Women's Commission honored several women today at their "West Virginia Women in Public Service" award ceremony in Charleston.

    Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is the recipient of the Empowering Women Lenna Lowe Yost Award. Mrs. Yost is one of the foremost suffragists in the history of West Virginia. In 1920, Mrs. Yost led the drive to ratify the 19th Amendment. She was also the first woman to preside over a national party convention. She championed the establishment of women's physical education facilities at West Virginia University, advocated for equal salaries and rank among female and male faculty, and served on the board of directors of the federal women's prison in Alderson.

    For more information on Mrs. Yost, click here.

    Other award recipients are Beth Cook, recipient of the Community Service Helaine Rotgin Award; Jennifer Ours Williams, recipient of the Non-Traditional Jobs Pioneer Susan Dew Hoff Award; Nancy Cartmill, recipient of the Government Anna Johnson Gate Award.

    The "A Woman Making History Award" was awarded posthumously to Mildred Mitchell-Bateman, a pioneer in both racial equality and mental health in West Virginia. Mrs. Mitchell-Bateman passed away on January 25, 2012. Her daughter, Donna Taylor, accepted the award on behalf of her late mother.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com