September 14, 2006

Passing of a legend

A great pillar in women’s history passed away yesterday ... former Texas Gov. Ann Richards.

Her legacy trancends the line of politics becasue her goal was the equailty of all people. She fought an uphill battle in a male-dominate society but refused to be a “stay at home and bake cookies” kind of gal. Although we may have had out political differences (I say guns don’t kill, stupid people with guns kill, she vetoed legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns.)

Here are just some of the reasons where she made a difference in standing up for equality:

She appointed the first black University of Texas regent; the first crime victim to join the state Criminal Justice Board; the first disabled person to serve on the human services board; and the first teacher to lead the State Board of Education. Under Richards, the fabled Texas Rangers pinned stars on their first black and female officers.

One of her most memoriable statements was Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, "only backwards and in high heels."

You go get ‘em girl! Give the angels hell or the devil a run for his money.

photo courtesy of the Texas State Library website

1 Tea Party Guest:

lime said...

all that plus she looks kickin' on that bike!