March 21: Today in Texas History #txhx

Edith Wilmans, the first woman elected to the Texas legislature, died on this day in Dallas in 1966.

Wilmans studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1918. She was the only winner among eight female candidates for the Texas legislature in 1922, focusing on child-support law and on improvements in the Dallas County Court of Domestic Relations.

Wilmans also helped organize the Dallas Housewives League, the Democratic Women of Dallas County, the Dallas Equal Suffrage Association and was president of the Democratic Women’s Association of Texas.

“I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of it’s size until I campaigned it.” ~ Former Governor Ann Richards

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