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Barbara Jordan, Ethics in State Government talk, Senate Staff Development, February 16, 1989.
Texas Senate recordings, Texas Legislature, Senate, 711601a

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While an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs, Jordan spoke to Senate staff about the importance of ethics within government. Jordan outlines the personal responsibility of those elected to positions of power in government, reminding all who serve that they do so at the will of the people. Selected by Halley Grogan, Archivist.


“Handicapped,” 1919.
Broadside, Erminia Thompson Folsom Collection, Box 1985/119-2.

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In 1919, Texas suffragists mounted a massive campaign to pass a proposed amendment to the Texas constitution granting women the right to vote. They held mass meetings, circulated petitions, went door-to-door and circulated more than 300,000 pieces of literature, including this broadside entitled "Handicapped." In this recording, former First Lady of Texas and the U.S. Laura Bush reads the document.


Floor Interviews Conducted at the Texas Women’s Meeting, June 24-26, 1977.
Program committee files, Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee records, Box 1978/032-8

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The Texas Women’s Meeting was held in Austin in 1977. Interviewers asked conference participants a few specific questions and portions of four women’s responses are excerpted here. Each woman was asked to identify herself as she wished, not necessarily giving her name. This recording offers first-hand perspectives on women’s opinions about not only the conference but the role of women.


“Ladies Ready to Wear and Millinery as a Vocation,” Juanita Morris, owner Juanita Morris Shop, May 1, 1939.
Typescript, Austin Altrusa Club records, 2-23/599.

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Typescripts of broadcasts by the Austin Altrusa Club on vocations for women, dated 1937-1938.  In this episode, dress shop owner Juanita Morris summarizes the history of ready-to-wear and describes how a young woman might get into the business and work their way up to positions with substantial salaries. The Altrusa Club is a non-profit organization focused on community service.


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