2001 Silvine Hudson
1998 Silvine Hudson
--Silvine Hudson, remarks made in introducing the award winner at the 2000 Annual Meeting.
Below remarks are from the presentation of the Molly Todd Award to JoAnn Bennett from Silvine Hudson
at the Annual Meeting of The League of Women Voters of Nashville
, April 2002
received the 2001 Molly Todd Award during the Nashville League's Annual Dinner Meeting.
has played an active role in the League of Women Voters
since reaching voting age.
In Nashville she served as chair of the Education and Metro Government Committees and on the Board of Directors and as President of the LWV Nashville.
also guided the LWV
of Tennessee as its President and mentored many rising League leaders.
As a League leader, she was adroit in facilitating discussions and bringing members to consensus on important issues.
As a League member, she
lobbied government officials at the local, state and national level.
In the halls of the state legislature she
pushed for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and for a tax system that is more elastic and is fairer for low and moderate income taxpayers, many of whom are women struggling to support their children on low wages.
raised money for and contributed to several League publications designed to ensure that women voters and the general public know how government works.
These publications included Know Your Government Officials, the Metro Blue Book, and Lobbying and the Tennessee General Assembly.
Silvine began her career as a teacher.
experience lobbying the Tennessee legislature for the League laid the groundwork for her
later career as Assistant Director, Community and Government Relations, at Vanderbilt University
League contacts also gave Silvine the idea for developing Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, a continuing education program for retirees.
In addition to her work with the League, Silvine served as an organizing member of the Nashville Family Shelter.
She was also an early member of CABLE and supporter of the Council on Aging, Planned Parenthood, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, and Tennesseans for Fair Taxation.