Tag Archives: Texas women

Dallas Dressmakers Stage Historic Strike

“Six months into the longest strike in Dallas history, dressmakers tore the clothes off the backs of replacement workers, who tried to cross their picket lines on August 7, 1935.” 

That is how the “This Week in Texas History” column for Wednesday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 12 begins.  This seldom told story of one of the most determined struggles ever waged by women workers in the Lone Star State is well worth reading either in your local newspaper or with the email subscription available on this web site.


Texas Women Fight Long and Hard For The Vote

The 50-year struggle to win the vote for the female half of Texas finally bore fruit on Mar. 25, 1918 with the signing of the Primary Election Law by Gov. William P. Hobby.

Texas women had come a long, long way from the not-so-distant past when they were banned from the ballot box along with “children, idiots, lunatics, paupers and felony convicts.”  That is the subject of the newspaper column “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, March 19 through Tuesday, March 25.

Actress’ Career and Life Go Up in Flames

As you can tell from the title, the “This Week in Texas History” column for the week of Wednesday, July 24 through Tuesday, July 30 does not have a happy ending.  But then that’s often true of real life.

Thanks to a super-pushy “stage mom,” Linda Darnell broke into motion pictures at the precocious age of 16.  Dallas took great pride in “our Linda” with “The Morning News” running more than a thousand articles about her over the next 25 years.

Oveta Culp Hobby, “First Lady of Texas”

The subject of my column for the week of Wednesday, June 12 through Tuesday, June 18 is Oveta Culp Hobby, wife of Gov. William P. Hobby, mother of the longest serving lieutenant governor and a “jill” of all trades.

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