On a recent trip to Austin with a group of educators, we visited the state capitol during Senator Davisís 11-hour filibuster.

The 50-year old Fort Worth democrat, who represents District 10 of the Texas State Senate, made headline news postponing an abortion bill her supporters describe as restrictive to womenís rights. †

While not all members of our group agreed with Ms. Davisís politics, we did agree she is a dramatic leader whose bold legislative stand heightened public awareness about the controversial issue.

She is a strong Texas woman who made an impact on our capitol that historic day.

We traveled from the Texas state capitol directly to LBJís Presidential Library and Museum and the Bullock State Texas History Museum, which provided an interesting transition from women who are affecting todayís governmental policies to those who paved the way for todayís influential female leaders.

Many Texas universities have collections of information dedicated to women in Texas history whose efforts have positively influenced every area of our culture, including education (http://www.womenintexashistory.org/learn/archives/).

In Midlothian, we share our lives with women who may not be in the national spotlight, but still make a difference by their efforts to improve the lives of others.

Vicky Massey distributes food and good cheer to hundreds of community members each week.

Judy Walling has served conscientiously for years as Midlothian ISDís Assistant Superintendent for Learning.

Sissy Franklin works countless hours as the Executive Director of Midlothianís community outreach service, Manna House.

Ginger Smith has taught Jazzercise and encouraged fitness and health for thirty years in Midlothian.

Krista Tipton, principal of the new Midlothian Heritage High School, works daily to prepare programs and staffing to benefit our students.

Hester Pender volunteerís time to research documents for the Midlothian Historical Association.

I donít know all of their names, but I see the familiar faces of mothers who regularly bring their children to the library, creating a legacy that includes the love of reading and respect for electronic and printed information.

†These are just a few of the strong Texas Women who live in our community and make a positive impact on our lives.

Susie Casstevens serves as the librarian for the AH Meadows Public and High School Library. Contact Susie at 972-775-3417 ext 1061 or visit the web at library.midlothian-isd.net