Top 10 Badass Women in Texas You Should Know

We have pulled a list of the top bad ass women of Texas that you should know. These women rocked the city with the attitude and tenacity and rebelled against the limits of traditional social norms and did great things that had a lifelong impact.

1.     Billie Jean Davy

Billie is from The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). As her theme song states, she is invincible. Furthermore, having a theme song by Pat Benatar suggests that you are a badass Woman. She is a character who would not retreat from her demand that a chauvinist shop owner pays for what she and her brother owe for a stolen scooter. She then becomes a hero to young people, especially women, all over Texas. One of her most badass moment is getting the money the shop owner claimed she owed throws it to the man’s face while ‘accidentally setting fire’ to her own image and her following.

2.     Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin born in 1943 was raised, Port Arthur. She starts her music career in Austin but later moved to San Francisco to evade the cultural restrictions of the 1960s Texas.  Before she died in 1970 she had booked a place for women in rock-n-roll alongside Jimmie Hendrix and Bob Dylan. In In 1995, Janis was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

3.     Babe Didrikson Zaharis

Didrikson was the greatest Female Athlete in the whole first half of 20th century. Sometimes when the female athletes were being dismissed, she mastered almost every sport from boxing to basketball. In 1932, Zaharis qualified for a total of five events in the Olympics. Besides, she won in the US Women’s Open in golf while she was still battling cancer.

4.     Barbara Jordan

Born in 1936, Barbara Jordan a Civil rights activist was the first woman to be elected to Texas Senate. She later became the first African-American congress woman from Texas. At the 1976 Democratic Convention, she was the one who delivered the keynote address.

5.     Bessie Coleman

Bessie was born in 1892 and she became the first black woman to have a pilot’s license. She was a dedicated pioneer in aviation. Coleman died in an accident in 1926.

6.     Emma Tenayuca

Tenayuca was born in 1916 and raised in San Antonio. She was a worker on picket line striking against Fink Cigar Company where she was first apprehended in 1932 at the age of 16. Emma Tenayuca was a fierce labor rights activist; she led approximately 12000 workers, mostly the Hispanic women, in Pecan Shellers Strike to fight wage cuts in 1938.

7.     Bette Graham

Bette was born in San Antonio. Graham was the inventor of the Liquid Paper white-out. That said, she raised Michael Nesmith of the Monkey (her son).

8.     Fannie Porter

Fannie is a popular woman. This is because she ran a brothel at Sporting District in San Antonio. She entertained the notorious Wild Bunch, which was a gang led by the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy.

9.     Jane Long

Jane Long is commonly known as the ‘mother of Texas’. She was amongst the first English-speaking pioneers to give birth in the state of Texas. At 24 years, her husband was murdered in Mexico City. She then worked as a single mother, developing a plantation and operating a boarding house with the help of 19 slaves.

10.  Caro Crawford Brown

Crawford Brown, born in 1908, was the first woman to win Pulitzer award in 1955. She wrote lots of articles exposing the corruption of George Parr, a political boss. This fearless reporting soon led to his downfall. In 1986, Caro Brown was included in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

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10 Texan Women Who Changed the Course of History

Texas has been home to some of the country’s most incredible women since its admission to the union. These have included politicians, medical practitioners, ranchers and scientists. We take a look at the top 10 Texan women who have influenced the course of history.

1.     Bessie Coleman

Bessie was born 1892 in Atlanta. Her career however spanned a relatively short period. She was the daughter of an African-American mother and a Cherokee father. She went ahead to become the first black female aviator and also the first Native American woman to achieve the feat. She learned to pilot in France since there was no one to teach women how to fly in America. At 34 years, Bessie Coleman crashed when a plane she was in malfunctioned.

2.     Angelina Eberly

Eberly was not a native Texan but she did fire cannon into the land office building to alert the city of an ongoing theft. The then Texas governor Sam Houston had a plan to secretly move some documents from Austin to Houston to influence the choice of Houston as the capital city of Texas. There is currently a statue depicting Eberly on Congress Avenue.

3.     Sarah Horton

Sarah Horton and her husband started an operational ferry service in Dallas across the Trinity River. As great businesspeople, the Hortons owned various construction and real estate businesses which were run by Sarah after her husband’s death in 1858. However, what makes her famous is that she was among Texas’ first millionaires and owned close to a quarter of the now present Dallas.

4.     Miriam Ferguson

Popularly known as Ma Ferguson, she became the first woman governor of Texas. She served for two terms (non-consecutive) in 1932 and 1924. She is also one among the only two women to ever serve as the governor of the state of Texas. The other woman was Anne Richards.

5.     Clara Driscoll

She was among the women who protected the historical sites of Texas. Together with De Zavala, they created the Texas historical sites and artifacts and prevented the Alamo from being destroyed. Without her and several other women, most of the state’s historical sites might have been destroyed.

6.     Caro Brown

Caro won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for her journalism work that helped expose and dismantle the circles of the infamous politician George Brown. Another reporter working on investigating the Brown family had been killed during her work. Despite wanting to take town George, she once protected him from being shot by a Texas Ranger. She was among the most fearless Texan women journalists.

7.     Susana Dickinson

She was among the twelve survivors of the battle of the Alamo. She is the main person behind the Texan viewpoint of the battle. She was also instrumental in the battle of San Jacinto that led to the capture of Santa Anna.

8.     Emma Tenayuca

Emma was among the first women to feature in the labor rights movement. She first gained popularity when she was arrested in the year 1933 for picketing certain cigar factory due to its highly unfair and discriminatory labor practices. She then went on to organize various unions and at some point peaceful demonstrations against the Texan police for the beatings they carried out on Mexicans.

9.     Barbara Jordan

Barbara became the first woman elected to the Texan senate in 1966 and was also the first Africa-American elected after the events of the civil war. She represented the state in the USA house of representatives and went on to become the first black woman to be buried in the Texas state cemetery.

10.  Lizzie Johnson

Lizzie became known as one of the first Texan Cattle Queens and became the first woman to ride the famous Chisholm Trail.

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