Women Who Inspire: Another Quote in our “Famous Women” Series
“I never intended to be a run-of-the-mill person.”
Women who inspire me come from everywhere. Barbara Jordan was famous, especially in Texas. Every time I go to the baggage section of the Austin, Texas airport, I stop and say hello to Barbara Jordan–at least the bigger than life statue of her. Her quote, above never fails to inspire me to be a better person.
Barbara Jordan grew up in the black ghetto of Houston, went to segregated public schools, an all-black college, and graduated magna cum laude.
Not wanting to be a run-of-the-mill person, she chose law as a career because she wanted her life to impact racial injustice.
She earned her law degree in 1959, returned to Houston, starting a law practice from her parents’ home and also got involved in the 1960 presidential election. Lyndon B. Johnson became her political mentor.
Barbara Jordan became the first African American since Reconstruction to serve in the Texas Senate–the first black woman in the Texas legislature.
In 1972, she became the first black woman from the South elected to Congress.
She was a strong supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, worked for legislation against racial discrimination, and worked to establish voting rights for non-English-speaking citizens.
She served as Governor Ann Richards (another of my favorite women!) ethics advisor.
Barbara Jordan battled serious health issues– leukemia and multiple sclerosis. She died in 1996, survived by her long-time companion, Nancy Earl.
Nancy Jordan inspires me–allow her courage and commitment to positive change inspire you. Be more than a run-of-the-mill person.
Women Who Inspire, for sure.