2020 Making Democracy Work Dinner

2020 Making Democracy Work Dinner


Crowne Plaza Austin
6121 North Interstate Highway 35
Austin Texas 78752
Texas US
Making Democracy Work dinner
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Making Democracy Work in Texas!

Join us in support of the League's mission: Empowering voters. Defending democracy.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Call the LWVTX office at 512-472-1100 with any questions.

Hotel Information Free parking!

Menu: Beef, salmon or vegetarian option available. For special needs, please call the LWVTX office at 512-472-1100 or email lwvtexas@lwvtexas.org.

Political Organizers and Public Intellectuals—Texas Women’s Voices in the Twentieth Century

Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D. will lead a discussion on the forms of women’s activism, organizing, intellectual public space and lobbying in Texas history. 

Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D. is a well-recognized suffrage historian in Texas and in the U.S. She is the Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities and History in the Department of History at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas. Dr. Brannon-Wranosky specializes in women, gender and sexuality history and digital humanities applications. She is currently serving as the Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Women and is developing the Texas Women Suffrage ebook.  Both are public education projects of the Texas State Historical Association. learn more 


Dr. Merline Pitre, Professor of History and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Science at Texas Southern University. She is the author and editor of numerous books about African American history in Texas and beyond, including Black Women in Texas History, In Struggle against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957, and most recently Born to Serve: A History of Texas Southern University. In her own right, Merline has spent her life as a pathbreaker and pathbuilder.

Dr. Cynthia Orozco, Professor of History and Humanities at Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso. She is generally considered one of the earliest historians to work on Mexican American women’s history, and as such, considered a founder of the field. She is the author of numerous books about Mexican American and Mexican American Women’s history in Texas and beyond, including Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist and No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. The former was recently published, and the latter is THE book on the history of LULAC. In her own right, Cynthia has been a reformer and organizer.

Cecilia Gutierrez Venable, archivist and curator for the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate AND the Historian for the Texas NAACP. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Historic Photos of Corpus Christi, African Americans in El Paso (Images of America Series), Texas Women and Ranching: On the Range, at the Rodeo, and in Their Communities. Ceil often advises and works with groups on how to collect, preserve and maintain their history, and she will be speaking about that and about women reform activities in Texas history. In her own right, Ceil has been a historian activist and organizer.

Books from these distinguished participants will be available for purchase and authors available for signing.


The League of Women Voters of Texas is very pleased to recognize Raise Your Hand Texas and Stephanie Swanson, League of Women Voters of Texas Redistricting and Census chair, as Awardees at our annual Making Democracy Work Dinner.  With this award, we want to bring attention to the unique, outstanding work accomplished by them over the past year, furthering the cause of voter rights and voter education in Texas.  

Raise Your Hand Texas is being recognized as an influential new member of Texas Educators Vote, for hosting the “For the Future” series of forums and town halls, and for coordination of these events with our Local Area Leagues.  The League’s partnership with this organization effectively extends the outreach and education needed to achieve our mission of Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy as well as our shared goal of making sure every Texan has the knowledge to effectively participate in every election.

Stephanie Swanson is being applauded for the energy and dedication to the League which she exhibited as the Texas Redistricting and Census Chair, putting into action our position of supporting transparency in the redistricting process and support for a citizens redistricting committee.  Her leadership on redistricting in Texas inspires all our members as we see what can be effected with intelligence, dedication, passion and perseverance.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Empowering voters and defending democracy in Texas takes a lot of work and energy from our incredibly dedicated volunteers. It also must be funded! Please consider donating at a sponsorship level to support our mission. 

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the League of Women Voters of Texas. Donations of $250 or more will be recognized as sponsorships. 

You may also want to consider a donation to our Silent Auction.

$5,000 Minnie Fisher Cunningham President’s Circle - Celebrating 50 years of Texas League Presidents, 1970 - 2020, this sponsorship includes a reserved priority table for eight with your name on the dinner table, announced from podium and program recognition; name on the LWV Texas website for one year; and, recognition in the 2020 General Election Voters Guide!

$2,500 Honoring Christia Adair, this sponsorship includes a reserved priority table for eight with your name on the dinner table, announced from podium and program recognition.

$1,200 members / $1,500 non-members Honoring Oveta Culp Hobby, this sponsorship includes a reserved table for eight and program recognition.

$600 members / $900 non-members Honoring Barbara Jordan, this sponsorship includes reserved seating for four and program recognition.

$400 members / $600 non-members Honoring Eva Carillo de Garcia, this sponsorship includes reserved seating for two and program recognition.