Leadership Women, Inc. is the lasting legacy of multiple generations. The gusto, grit and determination that drove the founders remains relevant and thrives today with the common mission to improve the personal, economic and professional status of women by providing programs and projects to help them as they advance in their leadership journeys.
Like the founders, the current leaders of Leadership Women continue to empower incoming generations and promote leadership that encourages and enables women to make lasting, positive impacts wherever they work and live.
|1973||Josephine Hall, Marilyn Cazort and Janice McCoy incorporated the Texas Women’s Caucus in San Antonio.|
|1975||Texas Women’s Caucus changes name to Womanpower, An Educational Fund.|
|1976||Sarah Weddington, Jane Hickie, Ann Richards, Cathy Bonner, Judith Guthrie and Martha Smiley are elected as the board of the nonprofit.|
|1977||Womanpower publishes its first educational project, a book titled Texas Women in Politics. Womanpower changes its name to the Texas Foundation for Women’s Resources.|
|1978||Women’s Resources launches its first major statewide project, “Texas Women: A Celebration of History.” The first large-scale effort to document and publicize the contributions of women to a state’s history, the project is considered a ‘mother’ of American women’s history. Components eventually include a touring exhibit, several books, an educational video, numerous publications and an archive.|
|1981-1982||The “Texas Women: A Celebration of History” project touring exhibit opens at museums in San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Amarillo, El Paso and Houston.|
|1982||Board President Cathy Bonner proposes the creation of Leadership Texas — a program to identify and develop Texas’ women leaders loosely patterned after her experience in the inaugural class of Leadership Austin.|
|1983||Leadership Texas is launched, led by founding executive director Martha P. Farmer. The “Texas Women: A Celebration of History” exhibit goes on permanent display at Texas Woman’s University.|
|1987||1985 –WR convenes the first-ever statewide conference about women and technology, The Technology Spectrum: Opportunities for Women.” Women’s Resources expands its vision and board membership to the national level, moving its headquarters to Washington, DC.
Women’s Resources supports and applauds the development of sister programs Leadership California, Leadership Illinois, Greater Missouri, Kentucky
|1988||“Leadership America is established.|
|1992||“Options for Girls: An Anthology on Science and Math” is published to encourage young women to pursue lifelong interest and careers in math and science.|
|1996||Power Pipeline is launched.|
|2000||The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future opens at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. The museum tells the stories of women’s accomplishments and contributions to American history. In 2011, the museum closes its doors after more than decade of operations.|
|2005||Women’s Resources relocates its headquarters to Dallas, Texas.|
|2007||A Founders’ Fund is established to honor the memory of WR founder Governor Ann Richards.|
|2008||Women’s Resources establishes automatic membership to all program graduates.|
|2010||The Leadership Workshop Series premieres to extend development opportunities in communities and organizations across Texas and beyond.|
|2012||Leadership America launches its 25th consecutive year of programming. Leadership Texas celebrates 30th years as the longest running women’s leadership development program in the US.
Women’s Resources changes its name to Leadership Women, Inc.