Texas Democratic Women was organized in 1987 to assist in the growth of the Democratic party in Texas and in the election of Democrats to all levels of office. Jeanie Stanley of Kilgore, who served as the first president of Texas Democratic Women, was instrumental in the group's founding. The organization particularly seeks to achieve its goals through increased political activity and influence of women members of the Democratic party in the state. Headquartered in Austin, the group is affiliated with the National Federation of Democratic Women and also has local clubs across the state. It holds training conferences, workshops, and annual awards dinners, which have recognized such individuals as Ann Richards, Ralph Yarborough, Lena Guerrero, and Barbara Jordan. Texas Democratic Women serves as a network for other Democratic women's organizations and encourages geographic, ethnic, issue, age, and occupational diversity within its membership. It works closely with such groups as the Texas Women's Political Caucus and the League of Women Voters of Texas and in 1992 participated with these and other organizations in a statewide voter registration project. Also in 1992 Texas Democratic Women was selected to host in Austin the 1993 convention of the National Federation of Democratic Women. The organization has four officers and a nine-member executive board. In 1992 the president of Texas Democratic Women was Mae J. Jackson of Waco. In 1994 there were thirty-six local affiliates of the group, and membership in the organization was 1,100.
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The Handbook of Texas Women project has its own dedicated website and resources.
Texas Democratic Women-Annual Meeting and Second Annual Awards Dinner and Membership Directory (Austin: Texas Democratic Women, 1992).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Debbie Mauldin Cottrell,
“Texas Democratic Women,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 14, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
October 1, 1995
Most Recent Revision Date:
August 5, 2020
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