Hispanic women's organization founded
On this day in 1987, the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas was founded. The network, dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic women statewide, obtained nonprofit status in 1988. It was modeled on the National Network of Hispanic Women, which had been in operation since the early 1980s. In 1986 the Anhaeuser-Busch Brewing Company donated $9,000 to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which was used to fund the conference in which the network was established. Southwestern Bell contributed $3,000. The conference was attended by 200 women. The network addressed the issues of political appointments, conducted voter registration drives, and testified before the state legislature. It also encouraged Hispanic women to apply to Leadership Texas, a program of the Foundation for Women's Resources, which provides skills to women in the state. The network publishes a quarterly newsletter, Vision, in English and holds a statewide annual conference.