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The Women

Meet some of the women who took part in the National Women’s Conference and were interviewed in SISTERS OF ’77.

A headshot of Suzanne Insook Ahn Suzanne Insook Ahn was a skilled neurologist, dedicated advocate for social justice, thoughtful philanthropist and prolific inventor. She passed away in 2003.

A headshot of Pokey Anderson Pokey Anderson's activism in Houston stretches back 30 years, including co-founding Houston's Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and running a women's bookstore. She co-hosts a live news analysis program each week on KPFT Radio.

A headshot of Liz Carpenter Liz Carpenter grew up in rural Texas and is one of the most well-known and respected Texas legends. She has spent her life in politics and is best known as Lady Bird Johnson's press secretary and chief of staff during the Johnson administration. She helped found the National Women's Political Caucus, chaired a national organization that fought for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, served as an assistant secretary in the Department of Education, was a consultant to the LBJ Library and has a distinguished lectureship at the University of Texas named after her.

A headshot of Betty Friedan Betty Friedan is the foremost spokesperson for women's rights in the world. In 1963, the publication of her book The Feminine Mystique set off shock waves around the country and is now regarded as the catalytic work of the women's movement. She is also the author of The Second Stage and It Changed My Life. A founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women's Political Caucus and NARAL Pro-Choice America, she has been a visiting distinguished professor at the University of Southern California, New York University and George Mason University. Her 1993 book The Fountain of Age is based on ten years of research on changing sex roles and the aging process.

A headshot of Sylvia Garcia Sylvia Garcia is the Harris County (TX) Commissioner Of Precinct Two and was the first woman and the first Latino ever elected to serve on the county’s commissioner's court. She was previously Houston city controller and the city's chief financial officer. She grew up in a small South Texas farming community as the eighth of ten children.

A headshot of Nikki Van Hightower Nikki Van Hightower has been women's advocate for the City of Houston, moderator/commentator at radio station KTRH, executive Director of the Houston Area Women's Center, and Harris County treasurer. As Houston's women's advocate, she served as the city liaison for the 1977 International Women's Year National Conference. She is a currently a professor at Texas A&M University.

A headshot of Ann Richards Ann Richards has won widespread acclaim for her accomplishments as the former governor of Texas and as an inspirational national leader and role model during her lifetime of public service. Presently a senior adviser with a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, Richards burst onto the national scene in 1988, when she delivered the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention and offered a memorable salute to the achievements of women, reminding her worldwide audience: "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."

A headshot of Gloria Steinem Gloria Steinem has been one of the most visible feminists and a renowned writer, speaker and motivator. Among her many achievements is founding of Ms. magazine. By the late 1960s, Steinem had gained national attention as an outspoken leader of the women's liberation movement, which continued to grow and gain strength. In 1971 she joined Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm and Betty Friedan to form the National Women's Political Caucus. She is author of the best-selling books Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Revolution from Within and Moving Beyond Words.

A headshot of Carmen Delgado Votaw Carmen Delgado Votaw is a national and international leader in the field of civil rights, particularly promoting equal opportunities for Hispanics and women. Today, she continues to serve women, girls, and youth as the Washington Representative for The Alliance for Children and Family.

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