SAN ANTONIO – First female governor of Texas, first Black woman to fly a plane, first woman to coach an NBA team, first Black woman from a Southern state to serve in the U.S. House.
These Texas women were trailblazers in turning society on its head — and they raised hell by doing so.
This Women’s History Month, KSAT is highlighting 13 iconic women of Texas who helped change the course of history, either in businesses, politics or everyday life.
While many of them were the “firsts” in conquering a male-dominated faction, title, political seat or sport, they certainly won’t be the last as they continue to inspire women of all ages and across all societies.
Clearly, there are dozens and dozens of pioneers in Texas history that deserve to be honored this month and every day. Is there a woman you want to recognize? Share their legacy in the comment section below.
Here are 13 iconic women who reshaped Texas and U.S. history:
Barbara Jordan (1936–1996): Born in Houston, Jordan graduated from Texas Southern University in 1956 and earned a law degree from Boston University in 1959. The following year, she worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and helped manage a get-out-the-vote program that served African-American communities in Houston. She ran for Texas Senate in 1966 after losing two bids for the Texas House in 1962 and 1964. As Texas senator, she became the first African-American state senator in the country since 1883. She became president pro tempore…