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Keynote speaker Victoria M DeFrancesco Soto, Ph.D. will speak on "The Power of Women" Voting, Policy, and Politics in Texas for this years Making Democracy Work dinner. Dr. Soto is a lecturer at The University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was selected as one of UT’s Game Changers.
Dr. Soto is a contributor to MSNBC and NBCNews.com, as well as a regular political analyst for Telemundo. She has provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision and NPR, and has appeared on HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher." Most recently, Victoria was a featured expert in the PBS documentary "Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice," about the civil rights trailblazer.
The Power of Women 2019 Award Winners
- Laura Yeager Texas Educator Votes (TEV) Yeager launched TEV in 2015, and has been managing and directing the program ever since. Texas Educators Vote is a non-partisan partnership-based 501c3 working to create a culture of voting in Texas public schools. TEV encourages and supports educators in their efforts to model civic engagement for students. TEV aligns with the SBOE-written curriculum (TEKS), the Texas Constitution, and Texas laws requiring educators to register eligible students and staff to vote.
- Jule Lowenberg LWV Women's Health Issue Chair (LWVDallas). Lowenberg fought for the rights of women by supporting the League Women's Health position for 25 years. Her efforts, testimony, and action alerts supported the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.
- Jessica Shortall Texas Competes. Shortall managed efforts to fight the "bathroom bill" in the 85th legislative session with Texas Competes which believes that in order for Texas businesses to compete for top talent, we must have workplaces and communities that are diverse and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
- Jan Miller State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education. Miller supports the civics curriculum created by the State Bar of Texas. Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! focuses on the landmark court decisions that Texas students must know to be successful in preparing for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) assessment tests in U.S. government and history.
- League Member tickets: $100
- Non-League Member tickets: $140
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- Minnie Fisher Cunningham $400 nonmembers/$300 LWVTX members (reserved, priority seating for two; names in the program, parking included)
- Jesse Daniel Ames $1,250 nonmembers/$1000 LWVTX members (reserved, priority table for 8; name on the table, in the program, announced from podium and free parking)
- Carrie Chatman Catt $2,500 (reserved, priority table for 8; name announced from the podium; half-page ad in program, and free parking)
- Susan B. Anthony $5,000 (reserved, priority table for 8; name announced from the podium; full-page ad in program, and free parking)
- Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the League of Women Voters of Texas. Donations of $250 or more will be recognized as sponsorships.
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