CONTACT: Carol J. Chumney, 901-844-7141 (office), 901-634-6540 (cell)

[email protected]


Memphis, TN—October 19, 2021—A new book from a Memphis female politician explores why women are still not proportionally represented in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, statewide executive, and mayor positions in the United States. There has never been a female president of the USA.

In 1920, American women secured the right to vote. Tennessee was the 36th state necessary to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment passed by only one vote in the state house. Despite a hundred years of women’s suffrage, there has never been a woman governor of Tennessee.

The portraits of 46 men who served as mayor hang on the wall in the Memphis city hall. To date, a female has never been elected mayor of Memphis.

The Arena: One Woman’s Story, (Lady Justice Publishing, October 2021) shares author Carol J. Chumney’s experiences as a woman in the political arena. In 1991, she gained election to the Tennessee state legislature at the age of 29. She passed landmark childcare reform, as reported in TIME magazine and the New York Times. As a veteran state legislator, experienced trial attorney, and Memphis city councilwoman, in 2007 she came within seven points of being elected the first woman mayor of Memphis.

The glass ceiling is the invisible barrier that keeps women from attaining higher positions despite their qualifications or achievements. Chumney’s story is an inside look at local and state politics that exposes this barrier. As she says, “you first have to see it to defeat it.”

 CAROL J. CHUMNEY is an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee. She served thirteen years in the Tennessee state house, earning numerous awards. Chumney served four years as a Memphis city councilwoman, standing up against pension and spending abuses by officials. She made valiant efforts to be elected county mayor in 2002 and Memphis mayor in 2007 and 2009. She is now a leading attorney taking the fight for election security to the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress.

 The Arena: One Woman’s Story, 608 pages, 6 x 9, hardback (ISBN: 978-1-7353428-2-5), paperback (ISBN: 978-1-7353428-0-1), eBook (ISBN: 978-1-7353428-1-8) is available on, Barnes and Noble, Ingram Sparks, and all digital formats. New York editor Bill Thompson, who discovered both John Grisham and Stephen King, was the content editor. For more information visit


CONTACT: Carol J. Chumney, 901-844-7141 (office), 901-634-6540 (cell), [email protected].