The Women of Texas
Welcome to the sixteenth Texas History Quiz! This quiz focuses on the triumphs, perils, and pitfalls of Texas women through
300 years of history. The women featured in the quiz below do not even scratch the surface of the thousands of women who have
shaped the state of Texas and its history, culture, and mystique.
For instance, did you know that the Angelina River was named after the Native American woman, Angelina, who guided early European explorers through Texas in the eighteenth century? In fact, the Angelina is the only river in
Texas named for a woman.
Women helped settle Texas alongside of fathers, husbands, and sons; Amanda Fallier von Rosenberg wrote to friends in Prussia about life on the Texas frontier, including tidbits about the availability of food, German customs
in Texas, and the rural economy.
Women fought to make Texas a fairer, more inclusive place for all of its residents. Civil rights activist Christia V. Daniels Adair helped to desegregate the Houston Public Library, department store dressing rooms, and city buses. Beatriz Tagle Perez worked to desegregate the Corpus Christi school system and allow Mexican American children equal access to education.
Texas has had its share of colorful characters and infamous women. The “Bandit Queen” Myra Maybelle Shirley Starr, also known as Belle Starr, lived in Scyene near Dallas. Her exploits with the Younger gang are the subject of many legends
As with our prior fifteen TSHA contests, this is an open-book quiz, and we encourage you to consult the Handbook of Texas Online, which has now received well over 75 million information requests since it was launched in 1999. We hope you also enjoy traveling
through our updated TSHA Digital Gateway to Texas History, which is responding to over 4 million requests per month from over 150 countries. We plan to continue to expand the Digital
Gateway over the next several years.
Have a good time getting to know the women of Texas!