25 female politicians honored during local “Celebration of Women Elected to Office”

The Black Women’s Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the Charlotte Women’s March honored 25 local women during their annual recognition ceremony.

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The 25 honored elected officials are announced during the 2nd annual Celebration of Women Elected to Office reception. Photo credit: Qcitymetro

“This is what democracy looks like!”

Six words repeated throughout the evening as the Black Women’s Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the Charlotte Women’s March honored 25 local women during the 2nd annual Celebration of Women Elected to Office on Dec. 6.

Organizers said that North Carolinians made it clear that the public trusts and supports women in politics demonstrated by the number who were elected to city council, state legislature and U.S. Congress.

“We are celebrating each crack in the glass ceiling. We are celebrating the success of women in government and acknowledging that change will happen only if we make it happen,” said Cozzie Watkins of the Black Women’s Caucus and Laura Meier from Charlotte Women’s March.

Former U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins inspired the crowd as the evening’s keynote speaker. Retiring State Rep. Beverly Earle was presented with the inaugural Dovey Johnson Roundtree Heroine Award. Earle is one of the state’s longest-serving lawmakers having represented northwest Charlotte’s District 101 for 24 years. Judge Yvonne Mims Evans received the biggest surprise as the recipient of the state’s highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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State Rep. Beverly Earle, recipient of the inaugural Dovey Johnson Roundtree Heroine Award. Photo credit: Qcitymetro

Other honorees included:

  • U.S. Rep. Alma Adams
  • State Senators Joyce Waddell and Natasha Marcus
  • State Reps. Mary Belk, Christy Clark, Carolyn Logan, Becky Carney, Rachel Hunt and Carla Cunningham
  • State Supreme Court Judge Anita Earls
  • State Superior Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams
  • State Court of Appeals Judge Allegra Katherine Collins
  • County Commissioners Pat Cotham, Ella Scarborough, Vilma Leake, Susan Harden, Susan Rodriguez-McDowell and Elaine Powell
  • County Clerk of Superior Court Elisa Chinn Gary
  • Soil and Conservation District Supervisors Barbara Bleiweis and Nancy Carter
  • District Court Judges Paige McThenia, Tracy Hannah Hewett, Karen McCallum and Rickye McKoy-Mitchell

View the photo gallery.


Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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