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Texas Women's History Moments 2023

KUT and the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History celebrate Women’s History Month with the “Texas Women’s History Moment” throughout March. Each day, these 60-second pieces highlight the impact that women in the Lone Star State have had in shaping what Texas has become today. We'll bring you stories of pioneering historians, pilots, activists, musicians, and more; they'll air every weekday in March during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
This year's moments are read by Carrie Rodriguez, Suzanna Choffel, and Valoneecia Tolbert.

Emma Tenayuca
A profile of tenacious labor leader and educator Emma Tenayuca
Maud Cuney Hare
A profile of musician, writer, and activist Maud Cuney-Hare
The "Petticoat Lobby"
A look at a group of women who lobbied for the causes they believed in, shortly after gaining the right to vote
Molly Ivins
A profile of the courageous — and controversial — writer and activist
Annie Mae Hunt
Hunt was born the grandchild of slaves and later became a celebrity as the subject of the oral history "I Am Annie Mae."
Early Women in Texas
A look at some of the earliest women to live in what is now called Texas
Big Mama Thornton
A profile of groundbreaking musician Willie Mae Thornton, better remembered as "Big Mama"
Sophia Alice Callahan
Sophia Alice Callahan, a member of the Muscogee (or Creek) nation, was the author of the first novel by an Indigenous woman.
Ruthe Lewin Winegarten
A look at the historian known as the "mother of Texas women’s history,"<br/>
Indigenous Women in the 16th - 19th Centuries
A look at the lives of Indigenous women in the 16th through 19th centuries
Barbara Jordan
A profile of the legendary Barbara Jordan, who in 1972 became the first Black Texan elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.<br/>
Caddo Pottery Tradition
A look at the Caddo pottery-making tradition
Jovita Idar
A look at the activist, educator, and journalist
Christia Adair
A profile of the suffragist and activist
Angelina
A look at the Caddo guide and translator who given the name 'Angelina' by Spanish missionaries
Tejanas and Civil Rights
In the mid-twentieth century, Tejana women in Texas worked for civil rights
Bessie Coleman
Spotlighting the adventures of the barnstorming pilot
Janis Joplin
A look at the legendary Texas singer
Hattie Mae White
Hattie Mae White was a former schoolteacher who holds the distinction of being the first African-American elected to public office in Texas in the 20th century.<br/><br/>
Marsha Gomez
Marsha Gomez was a sculptor and activist for social change.
WASPs
A brief history of the brave women known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs
Louise Ballerstadt Raggio
Lawyer Louise Ballerstadt Raggio was the driving force behind the Marital Property Act of 1967.
Texas Women's History Project
How a team led by former social studies teacher Ann Richards changed the way we look at Texas history

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for KUT.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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  • KUT and the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation celebrate Women’s History Month with the “Texas Women’s History Moment” throughout March. Each day, these 90-second pieces highlight the impact that women in the Lone Star State have had in shaping what Texas has become today. This year’s additions include Molly Ivins, Sophia Alice Callahan, Maria Elena Zamora O'Shea, Lydia Mendoza, Mary Couts Burnett and many others. You can hear them throughout the day on KUT during this month or play them within the posts below.Thank you to our sponsors – OBGYN North and Natural Beginning Birth Center.
  • This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas.