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Minnie Fisher Cunningham

Working as a pharmacist in Huntsville in 1901, young Minnie Fisher Cunningham discovered that her untrained male colleagues made twice her salary. That unfairness, she later explained, "made a suffragette out of me." But for Cunningham, the right to vote was only a first step. She went on to help found the National League of Women Voters, and in 1928, was the first Texas woman to run for the United States Senate.

Image: Minnie Fisher Cunningham. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Audio: Houston Public Media