Celebrating Women in Texas History

March 30, 2018

March is Women’s History Month in Texas, where we remember and celebrate the women past and present who have made lasting contributions here in the Lone Star State.

Texas women claim many firsts, like Mary Austin Holley, who wrote the first English book about Texas in the 1830s. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, who governed our state for five years, was among the first female governors in the nation. Sally Ride was the first American woman in space. Others broke the glass ceiling in business, like Carrie Marcus Neiman, cofounder of Neiman Marcus, and the legendary Mary Kay Ash. Still others have made their mark and inspired countless fans through music, art and writing, or by serving in critical roles in our government as elected and appointed officials.

One way Texas honors inspirational and influential women is through the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, which was established by the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women in 1984 to honor the State's most accomplished women. Inductees include first ladies, teachers, astronauts, and athletes. Nominations for the 2018 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame are currently open. Can you think of an exceptional Texas woman who should be nominated for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame? If yes, visit https://gov.texas.gov/organization/women/texas_womens_hall_of_fame to submit your nomination.

Watch the video below to learn about the 2016 inductees into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, which included musician Selena, astronaut Ginger Kerrick, and others.

Greg and I encourage all Texans to join us in celebrating Women’s History Month by honoring the women of the Lone Star State who have made noteworthy contributions to our state and nation.