Edith Wilmans


Edith Wilmans of Dallas was the first woman elected to the Texas Legislature. She had been a suffrage organizer in Dallas in 1914 and was admitted to the State Bar in 1918. In 1922, she was elected to the House of Representatives and served one term. She endorsed legislation for child care and child support and for the creation of the Dallas County District Court of Domestic Relations. In 1924 and 1926 she ran unsuccessfully for governor.

Biography Source Information

Biographies are reprinted from the Foundation for Women’s Resources (now Women’s Resources), Dallas, Texas. They originally appeared in "From Gutsy Mavericks to Quiet Heroes: True Tales of Texas Women," video study guide, Austin: The Foundation for Women's Resources, 1997. Death dates have been added where needed.