Elsie Garnett Riddick, a native of Gatesville, NC, was educated at the Normal and Industrial College for Women in Greensboro, NC. In 1907, she became a stenographer with the NC Agricultural Commission, eventually becoming executive secretary. In 1917 she formed and became president of the Equal Suffrage League of Raleigh, NC and became a delegate to the Democratic State Convention. She worked tirelessly for woman’s rights, better pay and promotion of businesswomen. In 1949, Riddick was appointed chief clerk of the NC Utilities Commission.