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How Women Has Impacted The State Of Texas

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Tina Dao
Gov 2306
Dawson
18 April 2015
H.R. No. 1445 HR 1445 is a bill passed on March 26, 2015 in the 84th Texas Legislature to recognize March 2015 as Women’s History Month. Jessica Farrar is a democratic from District 148 and sponsored this bill (Open States). I chose this bill because, quoting from the bill itself, it “provides an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the historic contributions made by women in the Lone Star State and beyond” (Farrar). First, the bill discusses about how women have played crucial roles since the Texas Republic was found. Then, the bill later on details about some of the actual women that have impacted the state of Texas greatly: Minnie Fisher Cunningham, Hortense Sparks Ward, Edna Gladney, Oveta Culp
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Oveta Culp Hobby is known for her many achievements. She was “the first director of the Women’s Army Corps” and built an army from nothing (Farrar). Later on, she became a cabinet member for President Eisenhower and was the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. We remember her today because she is the reason why women received opportunities to join the army (Oveta Culp Hobby). Frances Farenthood was a lawyer and politician from Texas. She was the runner-up vice-president candidate to be nominated for that position for the election of 1972, making her the first woman to actually be viable for this position (it was very close, she lost at 48% of votes) Also, she campaigned for governor of Texas twice, but lost. (Frances 'Sissy ' Farenthold). Texas’ second female governor, Ann Richards left a huge impact on the Lone Star State. She fought for women’s and minorities’ rights and was well-liked by many people because of her humor and wittiness. Even after failing to be re-elected (she lost to George W. Bush), she still cared about the people very much and continued to speak about equal rights for all (Ann Richards Biography). Barbara Jordan was the first African American congresswoman and first African American in the Texas Senate. Another highlight about her life was that she was also the first African American women to deliver the keynote
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