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Wendy Davis          

Lawyer & Democratic Politician; Founder of Deeds Not Words

Wendy Davis is a lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Fort Worth, Texas. She represented the 10th district in the Texas Senate from 2009 to 2015, and prior to that, she served on the Fort Worth City Council. In addition to her political career, Davis worked as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer from 1993 to 1994, and practiced litigation as an attorney at Haynes & Boone. She also became part owner of Safeco Title Co. in 1999 and worked at the Fort Worth branch of First American Title until 2009.

During her tenure in the Texas Senate, Davis served on various Senate committees, including the Senate Select Committee on Open Government and the Senate Committee on Economic Development. She gained national attention in 2013 for a thirteen-hour filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas. This filibuster played a pivotal role in delaying the passage of the bill beyond the midnight deadline for the end of the legislative session.

In 2014, Davis ran for Governor of Texas, but was defeated by the Republican Party nominee Greg Abbott. She attempted a political comeback in 2020, running for Texas's 21st congressional district, but was again defeated. Despite these setbacks, Davis has remained a prominent figure in Texas politics, known for her commitment to public education and veteran's issues. She worked to reduce the number of standardized tests given to students and successfully negotiated the first cost-of-living increase for retired teachers in more than a decade.

Davis founded Deeds Not Words, a nonprofit dedicated to women's empowerment that stands for women's social and economic opportunity, access to reproductive health, freedom from sexual assault, and equal representation in every space and at every level. In addition to her public service, Davis is a published author, having written a memoir titled "Forgetting to Be Afraid." She has also made numerous appearances in the media, including interviews with prestigious outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post. Davis received her bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Speech Topics

Wolf-Whistle Politics: Taking Back the Conversation to Advance Women’s Rights

Why has the women’s movement hit a logjam, and what can be done about it? With women now graduating from college at higher rates than men, why are they earning less than their male counterparts? Why do female political leaders still only make up 20 percent of the US House and Senate?

As a single mother-turned-Harvard Law graduate, Wendy Davis has witnessed firsthand the unique challenges women face during her time as a Texas state senator and as Texas’ 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Davis introduces the dangers of “wolf-whistle politics,” coded language that seeks to minimize the power of the women’s movement, and provides fresh alternatives to divisive, battle-scarred rhetoric. With the same “we’re still standing” style that took her 2013 filibuster into the national spotlight, Davis outlines how the women’s movement can reignite the conversation and advance women’s equality—on its own terms.

Rising Up: From Single Mother to Harvard Law—How Every Woman Stands to Make a Difference

Wendy Davis, a modern-day Texas heroine, appeared on the national scene as a State Senator during her 2013 filibuster that temporarily blocked devastating legislation seeking to limit women’s access to abortions and reproductive healthcare in the state of Texas. Before that, Davis fought tirelessly in the Texas legislature to further equality for women through education, fair lending, and equal pay initiatives. A single mother from humble beginnings who worked her way to Harvard Law, Davis shares her inspiring story of overcoming adversity, fear, and self-doubt to reach these incredible heights and underscores the importance of how every woman’s story can make a difference.


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Almost exactly three years since her historic filibuster, Wendy Davis celebrates a huge Supreme Court victory for abortion rights.
Wendy Davis Just Won: Supreme Court Vindicates Her Epic Filibuster
Wendy Davis, the woman whose 11-hour filibuster focused national attention on Texas' efforts to restrict abortion access in 2013, celebrated Monday when the ...
Wendy Davis visits SA to unveil new education policy
Wendy Davis wants to end statute of limitations on sexual assault

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