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Austin (Tex.) -- History

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Backwards in High Heels: Getting Women Elected, 1842-1990

Incorporated as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839, Austin didn't elect its first female council woman until the middle of the 20th century. The first female legislators didn't find their way into office until the 1970s, and it wasn't until 1990 that Texas elected a female governor. This exhibit by Austin's Public Library tells the story of women in the city's politics through...