ANNE STUDEBAKER CARLISLE
“One of the Most Widely Known and Respected Women in the State of Indiana”
Anne Studebaker Carlisle, the only daughter of Clem and Anna Milburn Studebaker, could have enjoyed the ease of an upper class life of luxury. Instead she worked to solve various issues on the local, state and national levels and expanded many of the charitable, philanthropic, and religious interests of the Studebaker family. She was active in numerous political activities and was considered a leader in the Republican Party.
As Chairman of the Women’s Section of the State Council of Defense, she helped initiate and design plans for dealing with child welfare needs. The World War I memorial in downtown Indianapolis stands as a memorial to her work as chairman of the Home Service Activities committee, which helped provide necessary services to over 500,000 Hoosiers during the war. Locally, Anne raised funds for Epworth Hospital to support its mission of providing health care to indigent individuals.
Perhaps her most notable activities were with the League of Women Voters at both the local and state levels. In 1920, Anne served as the first president of the South Bend League of Women Voters and helped guide and develop the League into an active and influential organization. On the state level, Anne was involved in multiple leadership and committee activities.
- First President, South Bend League of Women Voters
- Honorary President, South Bend League of Women Voters
- Vice President, Indiana League of Women Voters
- Program Committee, Indiana League of Women Voters
- Civic Art Committee, Indiana League of Women Voters
- Health Institute, Indiana League of Women Voters
- State Director for the 13th District, Indiana League of Women Voters
- Finance Committee Chair of Epworth Hospital
- Chairman of the Women’s Section of the State Council of Defense
- Chairman of Home Services Activities
Information compiled from various South Bend Tribune articles, records of the South Bend League of Women Voters, and South Bend Recorder articles.