Thousands of Texas women made their voices heard last week.
Wendy Davis, a representative from Fort Worth, led an effort to filibuster a sweeping bill that would have dramatically changed the landscape of women’s reproductive rights in Texas. When Sen. Davis was ruled to have violated the Texas filibuster rules three times by Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst, her quest to kibosh the bill appeared in doubt.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte, who missed the session earlier in the day to attend her father’s funeral, repeatedly attempted to pose a “parliamentary inquiry” only to be ignored by Dewhurst in favor of her male colleagues. Finally Sen. Van de Putte was recognized. “Mr. President, a parliamentary inquiry,” she asked. “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?”
As the clock began to near midnight, the cutoff time for the legislative session, a vote appeared imminent. Then the thousands of women observing in the senate gallery stood and cheered flooding out Lieutenant Gov. Dewhurst’s voice. The women successfully delayed the vote past the midnight deadline. Regardless of how you feel about reproductive rights, it was an absolutely amazing example of what determined women can accomplish.
What do you want to accomplish? How do you want your voice to be heard? What can the women of Kansas accomplish if we bond together? How far can our resolve take us?
The women of KAW are dedicated to getting the voices of the women of Kansas heard by putting women in office. Join us in that dedication. Contribute to our cause, run for office, host a fundraiser, put up yard signs for women candidates. Do what you can to make your voice heard in Kansas. Thank you for joining us in giving voice to the women of Kansas.
— Erin Thompson