Tammy Simkins is a native and life-long resident of Chillicothe, Ohio. The daughter of devoted teenage parents, Tammy was born into the unique position of growing up with her mom and dad. Tammy attributes her activist spirit to her mom who taught her from an early age to stand up for right and trained her—through example—to take part in the governmental process. Her dad instilled into her the principle of family devotion with the belief that once a parent, one’s primary role is to protect their children. Tammy’s career has consisted of filling many positions—from cashier to presidential campaigns—all were about service and care and most were volunteer. Some of the most rewarding were those times she acted as a volunteer. She filled roles such as volunteer coordinator for a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention group, served as a reading tutor in a state led initiative, and worked as parent volunteer and coach at her kids’ school.
Since learning of legendary suffragist and Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) co-author, Dr. Alice Paul, in Women and Gender Studies at Ohio University where she graduated in 2012, Tammy has been compelled to empower women by encouraging them to vote and engage in efforts to ratify the ERA.
Tammy is a veteran of Organizing for America (O.F.A.) who worked as a volunteer leader in both the 2008 and 2012 Obama/Biden campaigns. During a training, the “We the People” White House Petition site was introduced and in 2013 an ERA White House Petition was launched which Tammy co-authored, originated and coordinated. The successful petition called on the former president to “vigorously support women’s rights by fully engaging in efforts to ratify the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.” While an official response was issued reiterating the administration’s support for ERA, no action was taken by Obama to advance the amendment.
The petition was the catalyst for ERA Action—a grassroots movement dedicated to ratifying the 1972 ERA via the 3 State Strategy—which Tammy is a founding member and co-director. The same year, Tammy received a 2013 Heritage Day Award from Ohio University-Chillicothe for her work on ERA.
Tammy and her husband share three daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter—with one on the way. It is for their future, she works to ensure the ERA is ratified.