In recognition of Women's History Month, we invited readers to identify the ten Texas women described below. The correct answers are below with links to the Texas Originals episodes chronicling their lives.
Readers who correctly identified all ten women and submitted their answers by April 11, 2014, were entered into a drawing to win a Humanities Texas Katherine Anne Porter mug. Five winners were selected by random drawing.
This businesswoman founded her cosmetics company to develop women’s entrepreneurship as well as their beauty.
Called the “First Lady of Texas,” this philanthropist bequeathed a number of historic properties to Texas, including Bayou Bend in Houston and the Winedale museum near Round Top.
This Prussian artist immigrated to Texas in 1870 and was commissioned to carve the statues of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin that stand in the Texas State Capitol.
This folklorist and educator helped preserve the culture of Mexican Americans along the South Texas border and became the first Mexican American president of the Texas Folklore Society.
This woman, best known for administering the oath of office to Lyndon Johnson on Air Force One in 1963, championed equal rights and encouraged women to get involved in politics.
This woman and her baby were hiding in the chapel of the Alamo when Santa Anna’s forces took the mission. Santa Anna sent her to Gonzales to warn people of the strength of the Mexican army.
This woman prevented Sam Houston from moving the Texas government archives from Austin to Houston by firing a cannon when she saw suspicious activity. A bronze sculpture on Austin’s Congress Avenue commemorates her quick thinking.
This politician was the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate, as well as the first African American woman from a southern state elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
This historian and librarian spent her life studying and preserving Latin American culture. The University of Texas’s Latin American Collection bears her name.
After her politician husband was impeached and declared ineligible to hold public office in Texas, this woman announced her plan to run in his place and later became the first female governor of Texas.
You can still try your hand at the Women's History Month Quiz from our March 2014 e-newsletter. Please include your email address prior to submitting the quiz form in order to receive a summary of your answers.
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