The fight for women’s equality began long before they won the right to vote in 1919. In the 1880’s, Jenny Bland Beauchamp led the formation of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Although the group’s primary focus was battling the ills of alcohol abuse, they pushed the Texas Legislature for many social reforms, including women’s suffrage. WCTU members were the foundation of the women’s suffrage organizations that began to form in the next decade and which lead to the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution.
“Texas History Timeline.” Bullock Texas State History Museum, www.thestoryoftexas.com/discover/texas-history-timeline.