Join us in commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment, on August 26, 1920, one very important step in our democracy's long voting history. Support our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy as we continue the fight for voting rights today!
As Virginia Kase CEO LWVUS said “We mustn’t romanticize the story of the 19th Amendment. The truth is, progress towards a more perfect democracy is often messy, and the 19th Amendment did not break down voting barriers for all women—and even today, there is more work to be done.”
Join the League of Women Voters of Texas in honoring the heroines who continued the fight for voting rights over the past 100 years. Heroines such as ...
The first executive secretary of the League of Women Voters, Minnie Fisher Cunningham,was a Texan who, among many other notable achievements, worked for the passage of the 19th Amendment in Texas and nationally.
A suffragist who was unable to vote in Texas after the passage of the 19th Amendment, Christia Adair, continued to worked for full suffrage as an NAACP leader in Houston. She was among the first black women to vote in a Texas primary after the Supreme Court struck down Texas' white primary law in 1944.
In 1931, Oveta Culp Hobby was elected the League of Women Voters of Texas president. She was the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and first Director of the Women's Army Corps as well as a Chair of the Board of the Houston Post.
Eva Carillo de Garcia was a missionary, a nurse, a social-welfare volunteer, and a civil-rights activist. She was active in the League of Women Voters and a founding member and president of Ladies LULAC in Austin in the late 1930's.
Elected in 1966, Texas Senator Barbara Jordan, was the first black state senator since 1883 and then the first black woman from a Southern state to serve in the US Congress. She successfully included Hispanics in the extension of the 1975 Voting Rights Act.
Use the following resources to discover more voting rights heroines and heroes!
Women's Power, Women's Vote by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, which was approved by Texas on June 28, 1919, making it the ninth of the needed 36 states for national approval. This exhibit explores the motivations behind and evolution of this struggle. The personal collections of Texas women and government records document this history through original pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, organizational records, legislation, artifacts and audio recordings.
Texas Women and the Vote, free ebook by the Texas State Historical Association, includes dozens of entries on Texas women whose stories intertwine with the history of Texas women’s voting and election history from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Check out the dedication of the League of Women Voters of Texas! Other great articles: Handbook of Texas article on “Woman Suffrage”, Texas Women’s History Dedication Page
100 Years: Voices Of Women Voters by Texas Standard/Texas Public Radio, These are the stories of civic-minded Texas women who are changing our world today inspired by a fundamental right: the right to have one’s voice heard.
Sister Suffragists A Celebration of the Suffrage Centennial by the Bullock Texas History Museum is a celebration of the movement that brought suffrage to the women of Texas and the nation.
- Voting Rights & LWV Our Story and Our Progress Power point by Celina Stewart, LWVUS Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation, presented at the Bullock Texas State History Museum June 2019.
- Texas 100 Years of Voting & Civil Rights Calendar by LWVTX. Discover and share important historical voting and civil rights dates!
- 100 Years of Women's Suffrage The Daily Texan
The Complex History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement New York Times
- Timeline of Voting and Elections in Texas by LWVTexas, important dates in voting history.
- History of the League of Women Voters by LWVTexas
- Shall Not be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote Library of Congress Exhibition
- Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Right to Vote Exhibit National Archives
- Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence National Portrait Gallery
- National Votes for Women Trail National Collaborative for Women's History's Sites