The League commemorated the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. It was one very important step in our democracy's long voting history.
As Virginia Kase, LWVUS CEO, 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.
Support our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy as we continue the fight for voting rights today!
Join me at the League of Women Voters of Texas 100 Years Strong Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 19, in San Antonio!
Together we will empower voters and defend our democracy!
Grace Chimene President League of Women Voters of Texas
The League In Action!
The LWVTX Making Democracy Work Redistricting Initiative is off to a great start! Issue Chair Stephanie Swanson kicked it off by making presentations at 3 of the 4 League Regional Trainings held around the state. Partnering with the local Leagues, LWVTX has hosted Redistricting Forums in Austin, San Antonio, and Bell County.
Now we need your help! Let your friends and colleagues in Austin & San Antonio know about the upcoming Texas House Redistricting Committee's Public Input Hearings in Austin, September 1oth and in San Antonio, September 12th.
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Austin Redistricting Forum
We had a great turnout of community leaders at our Austin event, including Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, County Commissioner Margaret Gomez, and Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Austin was the first city in the U.S. to adopt an independent redistricting commission (IRC) in 2012. The discussion centered on the maps that were drawn by that commission and how we could preserve those communities of interest in future legislative maps. Commissioner Gomez was inspired to propose implementing an IRC for the County Commissioners precincts. Read more about those exciting developments here.
San Antonio Redistricting Forum
The San Antonio League put together an outstanding panel discussion on the current play of redistricting, with speakers that included State Senator José Menéndez, Jose Garza, who serves as legal Counsel for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Professor Rogelio Sáenz from the College of Public Policy at UTSA, Joaquin Gonzalez from the Texas Civil Rights Project, and Stephanie Swanson, Issue Chair of Redistricting for the LWV TX. The panel addressed everything from the upcoming public input hearings to preparing our communities for the census. The second half of the event included a Redistricting 101 talk with information on how to prepare testimony for the upcoming public input hearings. You can check out a recording of the event here:
Bell County Redistricting Forum
The Bell County League also hosted an excellent Community Forum. About 25 people were in attendance. The local paper ran not 1 but 2 articles on the event:
League Advocacy Continues After the Legislative Session
Election Laws/Voting Rights - Cinde Weatherby, Issue Chair
Cinde submitted a letter on behalf of the League to the House Elections Committee Chair, Stephanie Klick, to suggest two items for possible Interim Charges. They were 1) a full evaluation of implementing electronic voter registration in Texas, and 2) a study of the impact of ending the option for using temporary polling locations.
Land Use - Jensie Madden, Issue Chair
Jensie submitted testimony to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on behalf of the LWV Comal Area regarding the discharge of wastewater into Honey Creek.
Gun Safety - Aimee Turney, Issue Chair
Aimee testified to the Harris County Commissioners Court on behalf of LWV Houston in support of their resolution on gun violence. The resolution reads in part:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Harris County Commissioners Court hereby in solidarity with the victims of the El Paso massacre commits to examining ways to take action at the county level to prevent gun violence and hate-motivated crimes in our communities and calls on state and national leaders to do the same. (ADOPTED on this 13th day of August 2019 by Harris County Commissioners Court, Harris County, Texas.)
Celebrating 100 Years Strong!
On October 19th, the Texas League will be commemorating 100 years of "organizing agitating & educating" at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio - where the League was founded on October 19, 1919!
Speakers include: Patricia (Trish) Cunningham Nicholson, the great grandniece of Minnie Fisher Cunningham (Texan & first executive secretary of the LWVUS) will speak on the "Power of Women" and Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D. will address the heroic struggle to achieve full voting rights for all women in Texas.
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- 17 to 19: LWVTX Convention in Austin
- 25-29: LWVUS Convention in Washington DC
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