There was a time when Texas wasn’t as “red” as it is now. I know that’s hard to believe. But before Rick Perry and before George W. Bush, there was Democrat Ann Richards, the first woman elected in her own right as governor of the Lone Star State.
She famously appeared at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, while she was the state treasurer, and reminded the delegates about who then-Vice President George H.W. Bush really was:
Richards was elected as Texas governor in 1990 but was then defeated by George W. Bush in 1994, After her defeat, she remarked, “I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone.'”
Richards always had a way of pointing out what should have been obvious about men and women, like when she remarked that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. But she was also a long-time advocate for increased representation of women and minorities in politics, and had a hand in the creation of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas.
So how do you pay tribute to a woman like that in a stage production? Holland Taylor is channeling Richards in a one woman Broadway show, Ann, just in time for Women’s History Month. A political woman who didn’t shy away from a good fight if it was something that mattered to her, Richards is the exact thing we are missing in politics and feminism today — someone who made it clear she was less concerned about her own success and was more focused on making things better for her constituents, and for women and girls in general.
So why should you hightail it to the comments section? Because we’ve got free Broadway tickets to this show and you know you want them!
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