Precinct One Celebrates Women's History Month

Honoring Texas women who have, and are, breaking down barriers.

BARBARA JORDAN

The legendary Barbara Jordan was a Civil Rights activist born and raised in Houston in Fifth Ward (PCT1). Jordan was the first African-American to be elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and was also the first Southern Black woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives. We are forever grateful for her contributions in the fight for both gender and racial equality.

PHYLLIS FRYE

In 2010, Phyllis Frye became the first openly transgender judge in the United States when she was appointed as an Associate Judge for the Municipal Courts in Houston, Texas. As a lawyer and a judge, Frye has worked hard to protect the transgender community from discrimination.

FRANCES "SISSY" FARENTHOLD

When Frances “Sissy” Farenthold was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1968, she was the only woman in the House. She also ran a historic race for governor and was even considered as a vice presidential nominee. After becoming a political force dedicated to statewide reform, Farenthold became an international and domestic human rights advocate that worked to end apartheid and bring equity to all communities.

MAE JEMISION

In 1992, Mae Jemison became the first black woman to travel into space. Jemison was a part of NASA’s astronaut corps from 1987 through 1993. After she left NASA she founded a technology research company and later formed a non-profit educational foundation where she inspires young girls to shoot for the stars.

CHRISTIA ADAIR

Christia Adair was a suffragist who co-founded the Harris County Democrats, served as the executive secretary for the Houston chapter of the NAACP, and she was part of the Smith v. Allwright case that ended segregated primaries in the US. The Christia Adair Park in Harris County was dedicated to honor her many contributions to equal rights.

MARIA JIMENEZ

In the 1950’s, Maria Jimenez moved to Houston with her family from Mexico. Jimenez became a progressive activist fighting for immigrant and workers rights. In 2013, she co-founded the South Texas Human Rights Center to address the deaths of migrants at the border. Jimenez dedicated her life to standing up for immigrants and families like hers.

MONICA ROBERTS

Monica Roberts was a native Houstonian who unapologetically and proudly proclaimed herself as a Black Transgender Woman. Monica was a human rights activist, founding editor of the award-winning TransGriot blog, and writer who dedicated her life to educating others about Black trans people across the African Diaspora.

HORTENSE SPARKS WARD

The Texas Bar estimates that women will make up 38% of membership by 2022. Thanks to the tenacity of Hortense Sparks Ward, that number can continue to grow. In 1910, she became the first woman to pass Texas State Bar Exam, 8 years before becoming the first woman in Harris County to register to vote. Ward was also the first Texas woman to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

HANNAH CHOW

Hannah Chow blazed a trail as the first Asian American County Judge, a position she held for twelve years. She also served as special assistant to Commissioner Lee for 10 years and is a founding member of the Asian American Bar Association. Having grown up in Fifth Ward, Hannah maintains her ties to the historic African-American community there and continues to inspire minorities to break down barriers.

MEGAN THEE STALLION

Megan Pete, aka Megan thee Stallion, is a native Houstonian, rapper, entrepreneur and activist. Her music continues to top the charts as she promotes confidence, encourages body positivity, speaks out against domestic violence, and breaks barriers in the male-dominated rap arena all while working toward her health care administration degree at Texas Southern University. During the pandemic, she has provided financial relief to those suffering by having people reach out on Twitter. She also partnered with organizations to launch the “Don’t Stop Scholarship Fund,” which provides scholarships to women of color.

JUDGE LINA HIDALGO

Harris County Judge Hidalgo is breaking down barriers as the first woman and the first Latina Harris County Judge. She was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 and TIME Magazine’s 100 Next list. We look forward to watching her continue to take groundbreaking leaps forward.

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