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Frontera: Women in Politics

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Women in Politics

Blair, Anita  Texas female legislator who was blind 

Breck, Julia North  first woman to run for Mayor (1961)

Chavez, Norma  First Mexican-American woman elected from El Paso to the Texas State Legislature

El Paso Women's Political Caucus

Escobar, Veronica, U.S. Rep. D-El Paso

Fierro, Enriqueta "Queta"  Democratic Party activist / LULAC leader

Leon Blevins' interview with Olga Chavez is the Director of EPCC's Diversity and Inclusion Programs.  Enriqueta "Queta" Fierra is the former El Paso Democratic Party Chairwoman. Belen Robles is an EPCC Board of Trustee and first woman national president of LULAC. 

Mary Jane Garcia NM State Senator representing Dona Ana County

Harris, Polly alderwoman and occasional actress.

Isaacks, Maud 1885?-1980. teacher and state legislator.  

Lesley, Bonnie Leader of the El Paso Women's Political Caucus, see entry above

McDonald, Nancy Hanks Texas State representative, nurse, feminist

Perez, Barbara  co-founder of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Rosson, Peggy state senator 1991-1997. Former manager of Bank of the West. 

Winkler, Myra  1st woman elected to hold office in El Paso. El Paso County Superintendent of Schools from 1912-1922

Zarate, Judy  Member of the Laguna Pueblo, leader in feminist politics from the 1970s-

Other names?  Check here

Research tips

Note details that might seem insignificant at first glance, in case one finds other information later.

Women's information is often found through researching the men in their lives (i.e. husband, fathers, etc.) so the notes here might only state that Mrs. X was married to Mr. X who was important for some reason, but in researching him, there might be information about his wife found later.

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