Tennessee’s Paula Casey passionate about protecting and promoting the rights of women

Paula Casey is passionate about the rights of women. She has dedicated her time and efforts to a cause she believes in. She has made a difference.  She loves her home state of Tennessee and loves to share her hometown and passions with others. In 2013 she arranged for an NFPW  board meeting where she showed us the city she loves and some of the equal rights issues she still passionately supports. She is a wonderful and caring woman. I am honored to be able to call her a friend.

Name:  Paula F. Casey

Paula Casey, left, with Lilly Ledbetter who won the Supreme Court case on wage discrimination.

Paula Casey, left, with Lilly Ledbetter who won the Supreme Court case on wage discrimination.

City and State: Memphis, TN

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Tennessee affiliate president

Years a member of NFPW: Since 1977 (37 years)

Tell us a little about you.

  • Former newspaper journalist who helped publish The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage, produced a DVD on woman suffrage, speak on voting rights, and am a freelance writer and editor.
  • Graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a B.S. degree in Communications (journalism and speech).
  • Enjoy speaking around the country on the 72-year nonviolent struggle for American women to win the right to vote. I’m especially proud of Tennessee’s pivotal role as the last state that could possibly ratify. Next year is the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, so I’m working hard to make sure people know about the book, e-books, audiobook and DVD.
  • Also working to get public art honoring the Tennessee suffragists placed in Nashville near the state capitol as well as in Jackson and Memphis, TN. Our website is http://www.tnsuffragemonument.org for Nashville.
  • Was a contributing author for the Tennessee AAUW book, Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, and wrote the chapter on Tennessee’s Superb Suffragists.
  • Helped edit the National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) online exhibit, “Women with a Deadline: Female Printers, Publishers and Journalists from the Colonial Period to World War I” honoring women’s contributions to the printed word. Meg Hunt asked me to help and it was a great experience.


    Paula helped publish “The Perfect 36:Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage.

Any career advice you would give?

Join professional associations, network and learn from people who have been active in your profession.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to have the ability to organize spaces – like my office. One of my childhood friends is a marvelous organizer. She can look at something and make it beautiful just by re-arranging or removing items.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I love Tennessee and where I live overlooking the Mississippi River in Memphis. I grew up in Nashville and enjoy it, too. I’d like to have a getaway place in Washington, DC.

What book are you reading?

Have read some great books that I want to plug: Paperboy by Vince Vawter (who worked with my late husband, Richard Worden, at the Memphis Press-Scimitar), In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White, Abundance: The Future is Better Thank You Think by Dr. Peter Diamandis. Am just starting Death by Roses by Vivian R. Probst (who is from Wisconsin and a fascinating woman) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s book, A Fighting Chance.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

My guilty pleasure is watching “Dharma and Greg,” “The Nanny,” “Designing Women,” or “Grace Under Fire” because the writing is so good and I laugh a lot while watching them! When I cracked my left shoulder in 2012, I did my physical therapy watching these shows!

Supporting the rights of women.

Supporting the rights of women.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I joined NFPW in 1977 because it was the only journalistic organization that would support the Equal Rights Amendment. I wanted to belong to a national group that supported women in the profession. Sigma Delta Chi (later Society for Professional Journalists) wasn’t interested in supporting ERA back in the late ‘70s. I have met great people through NFPW. I’ve also been able to see the country by going to our conferences.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Website: http://www.paulacasey.com and www.theperfect36.com,

Twitter: pfcasey1953,

Facebook: I’m on it, but don’t look at it much except to wish friends happy birthday.

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