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Wendy Davis          

Lawyer and Democratic Politician; Best Known for Her Eleven-Hour-Long Filibuster Against Senate Bill 5

Wendy R. Davis is a former Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 10 from 2009 to 2015. Davis did not seek re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2014. On September 26, 2013, multiple news outlets, including The New York Times, reported that Davis had decided to run for Governor of Texas in the 2014 elections. On October 3, 2013, Davis officially announced her decision to run for Governor. Wendy Davis lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Davis received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In 2011, Senator Davis stood up and filibustered a budget that slashed over $5 billion from our public schools. And Wendy’s leadership in the legislature was instrumental in getting a majority of that funding restored to the budget in 2013.

Wendy believes our children deserve access to a world-class education. She believes that improving Texas education can create jobs and keep Texas on top. She continues to work on improving public schools by reducing the number of standardized tests given to students and negotiating the first cost-of-living increase for retired teachers in more than a decade.

Wendy Davis has also pushed for and supported policies that would create jobs for our service men and women upon their re-entry into civilian life and make sure that veterans, service members, and their families are provided every opportunity for a quality education.

Wendy has helped pass important accountability measures to ensure taxpayer dollars meant to help Texas businesses are spent in the manner in which they were intended — to create jobs and boost economic development efforts across the state of Texas.

Speech Topics


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.

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.

News


Wendy Davis wants to end statute of limitations on sexual assault
Wendy Davis visits SA to unveil new education policy
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 on Abortion-Rights Win and Why Women Should Fear ...

Almost exactly three years since her historic filibuster, Wendy Davis celebrates a huge Supreme Court victory for abortion rights.

Wendy Davis: Latest News, Top Stories & Analysis - POLITICO

Latest news, headlines, analysis, photos and videos on Wendy Davis.

Wendy Davis: 'I feel vindicated' on behalf of women - The ...

But perhaps no one feels more personally vindicated than Wendy Davis, the former Democratic Texas state senator who in 2013 filibustered the bill on the Texas ...

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