Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award

In 2012, the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council instituted a women’s leadership award named for the East Tennessee suffragist Lizzie Crozier French.

Award Criteria

The recipient will be a woman who, like the award’s namesake, best demonstrates the following leadership characteristics.

  1. An outspoken leader who publicly supports the advancement of women.
  2. Demonstrates unwavering courage in the face of difficulty.
  3. Works boldly and consistently towards positive and lasting change
  4. Supports and empowers other women through her work.

About Lizzie Crozier French

Photo:Mcclung Historical Collection, Knox Public Library

Lizzie Crozier French is the woman who represents East Tennessee on the Woman’s Suffrage Memorial located on Market Square Mall in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She aggressively advocated for women to be admitted to the University of Tennessee, with obvious success.

Photo:courtesy Dalton Dupes Agency

French was the first woman to address the Knoxville City Council, the Tennessee General Assembly, and the Tennessee Bar Association. Ever an advocate for women, even venturing a failed bid as the first woman to run for Knoxville City Council, French was also a strong advocate for local culture. She founded the now-renowned Ossoli Circle, the Writers’ Club of Knoxville; and the Woman’s Educational and Industrial Union. French was also a charter member of the Knoxville Art Museum and the Knoxville Lyceum.