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12 Women Who Impacted Texas Politics

12 Women Who Impacted Texas Politics


1924: Texas elects first female governor, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson.

1952: Christia Adair founds the Harris County Democrats, the first interracial political group in the county.

1953: Oveta Culp Hobby becomes the first secretary and the first woman secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (then the Department of Health, Education and Welfare).

1954: Texas amends the state constitution to allow women to serve on juries.

1966: Barbara Jordan is the first African American elected to the Texas Senate.

1970: Yolanda Navarro is a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans.

June 25, 1978: Frances "Sissy" Farenthold gives the keynote speech at Town Meeting I, the first major LGBT political event in Houston, held at the Astroarena. (See also: This Week In Texas, Volume 4, Number 12.)

1979: Eleanor Tinsley is elected to Houston City Council and serves until 1995.

1981: Kathy Whitmire is elected Houston's first woman mayor.

1993: Martha Wong is the first Asian American elected to Houston City Council.

2004: May Walker is the first African American woman to be elected Constable in Harris County and Texas.

2010: Annise Parker is elected as Houston's second woman and first openly gay mayor.

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