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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 photographs, essays, and old newspaper clippings. Categories include Women's Work, Political Pioneers, and A Foot in the Door, among many others. Of particular interest, the biography of Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas, contextualizes her famous quote: "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."
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February 25th, 2014
Date of Scout Publication
October 3rd, 2014
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October 1st, 2014 at 3:18pm
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October 2nd, 2014 at 10:03am
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