Gov. Ann Richards

Art courtesy of "Molly & Ann"/Paul Stekler

Today more women are running for office than ever before. Just in time for the midterm elections, a new short film highlights two Texas women who were among the first in the modern era to have a large impact on politics. The film “Molly & Ann” follows the stories of Texas Governor Ann Richards and journalist Molly Ivins.

Paul Stekler, documentary filmmaker and radio-television-film professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is the director of the short film.

“I had all this footage. We had done short pieces about them when I had my old series "Special Session" on KLRU. I thought ... How could we put this together and get it out in the world? Over the summer I realized that if could use the Women’s March and throw forward, 'cause this was what they worked for in their own ways,” Stekler says.

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From Texas Standard:

He was a businessman who liked to brag about his financial success, cracked rape jokes around reporters and kissed "just about every woman within arms' reach."

She was a Democrat who shattered many ceilings, with real-world political experience and demanded that her opponent disclose his taxes.

These two also wouldn't shake hands.

 


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