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History of Wooldridge Square Highlights Trailblazing Austin Women
May 1, 2017

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There is a rich history of trailblazing women in Austin, from Susanna Dickinson and Elisabeth Ney to Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan. Much of this history runs through Wooldridge Square, a focal point of civic activity since 1909. In 1928, a prominent suffragette Minnie Fisher Cunningham announced her campaign for the U.S. Senate from the Wooldridge Square bandstand, the first woman from Texas to run for that office.
 
 
Both Minnie Fisher Cunningham and Jane McCallum were leaders in the Austin Women's Suffrage Association, and the group often held their rallies at Wooldridge Square. Cunningham served as the first executive secretary of the National League of Women Voters. McCallum served as secretary of state for two governors, and was the first woman to serve on a Travis County grand jury.
 
 
This is just one example of the captivating storylines we're uncovering in Our Austin Story–a project to collect and share the stories of Austin through then lens of our historic city squares. Read more stories like this one and share memories of your own.