Gladys Tillett, of Charlotte, has been one of the pioneers in the fight for women's rights since her first suffragist parade as a student at Woman's College in Greensboro. After graduation, she enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and became one of its first co-ed graduates in 1917. She was one of the originators of the League of Women Voters in North Carolina, founding the first county league in 1922, and becoming state president of the organization in 1933. She has served as the Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was the keynote speaker for the women at the 1944 Democratic National Convention, and was appointed as the first woman to serve on the North Carolina State Election Board by Governor Luther Hodges. President Kennedy appointed her a member of the United States delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations, and as a representative on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.