Celebrating Texas Women
As a Texas woman, I always love to recognize Women's History Month every March. The timeline of Texas history is filled with remarkable women who have forged so many unique paths for us to follow. Women have shaped the history of our state and nation, and they continue to encourage and inspire the young women of today who follow in their footsteps.
I love the following part of Greg's proclamation recognizing March 2023 as Women's History Month in Texas:
From our earliest days, women have played crucial roles in the epic saga of Texas and her people. During the Battle of the Alamo, Susanna Dickinson was one of few Anglo survivors, and she witnessed firsthand the unflinching heroism of her Texian compatriots - as well as the immortal spirit of Texas that arose from the carnage. Santa Anna spared her life in hopes that the fateful news she brought with her would extinguish hope among the revolutionaries, but by giving account of the martyrs of the Alamo, she strengthened the resolve of General Houston's troops and removed all doubt that our people had passed the point of no return. At the Battle of San Jacinto, Emily West - a figure who nowadays belongs as much to legend as to history - is believed to have influenced the climactic conflict. Some historians regard her as a Texian spy, and others believe she may have played a decisive tole in the battle by keeping Santa Anna preoccupied as the Texans advanced. Whether that role was factual or fictitious, she gave rise to the Yellow Rose of Texas symbolism, which represents the strength, resilience, and beauty of Texas women to this day.
Susanna Dickinson and Emily West are just a couple of the countless Texas women who have impacted our state's remarkable history. I hope you will read the full proclamtion here.
March is also Women Veterans Month. I am so thankful for the women veterans and servicemembers who have served and sacrificed for our country. We celebrate these courageous women who have served our nation and rededicate ourselves to the timeless ideals for which they have valiantly fought.
I hope you will join me and Greg as we honor our brave women veterans and celebrate women, this month and always.