Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987 Page: 36
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Association, was instrumental in winning
the final fight for votes for women.
She became a national figure in woman's
suffrage movements, and hers is
the only Texas name to appear on the
suffrage plaque in the United States
Texas has been home to countless
women who have left their marks in the
world. From mothers to labor leaders,
actresses to nuns, slaves to suffragists,
immigrants to entrepreneurs, teachers
to politicians, Indians to astronauts, they
are all here, their lives illustrated and
conveyed with inspiring words and
photographs. Ms. Winegarten has organized
her book into eight chapters
dealing with the full range of women's
achievements in Texas. In chronological
order from pioneers and Indians to
contemporary figures, the stories are
accompanied by photographs gathered
from archives and private collections
throughout the state. The photographs,
many published here for the first time,
would alone make the book worth the
purchase price. An appendix lists all
Texas woman legislators to 1986, and
the photograph credits, notes, bibliography,
and index make this an excellent
reference tool for those interested
in pursuing the subject further.
Ruthe Winegarten has said that her
book is just a beginning, and encourages
everyone-scholars, students, concerned
citizens-to contribute to a comprehensive
study of Texas women with
further research and writing. It may be
just a beginning, but it is an admirable
one which inspires all of us to take notice
of Texas women, both past and
present. As Mary Beth Rogers wrote in
the book's introduction, "Our tragedy as
a people has been that until recently we
have neither known nor recognized the
value of the role of women in our
history." As a pictorial history, the book
is one of the finest of its kind I have seen
on any subject. Quoting Mary Beth
Rogers again, " . . . These visual reminders
will give you a hint of what Texas
was like for the forgotten half of its
Reviewed by Cynthia J. Beeman, Historian,
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