Annie’s List Responds to Greg Abbott’s Press Conference on Woman-Owned Businesses

Austin, TX – Today, Annie’s List Interim Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin released the following statement responding to Attorney General Greg Abbott’s press conference on woman-owned businesses in Texas:

“Attorney General Greg Abbott may say he supports Texas women, but his record shows that’s just not the case. He pays women in his own office less than men who do the same work, and he wants to put the government between women and their own personal, healthcare decisions. We’ve heard time and time again Abbott will side with women across the state. It’s clear that’s just campaign rhetoric.
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In exactly one week, we will celebrate State Senator Wendy Davis’ standing for 13 hours in a fight we thought we had won decades ago.

Like you, I followed the filibuster in disbelief and awe. I then joined my 23 year old daughter at the capitol to protest the Republican assault on women’s rights. We were there with thousands of other women of all ages who know we ought to be trusted to make decisions about our health. Continue reading


Annie’s List Announces Interim Executive Director

AUSTIN, Texas – Amber Anderson Mostyn, chair of Annie’s List, released the following statement today following the tragic death of the group’s executive director, Grace Garcia, earlier this week in a fatal car accident in Waxahachie.

“We continue to grieve the passing of Grace Garcia and send our most sincere condolences to her family. A private funeral service will be held this weekend in her hometown of San Antonio. Plans are also underway for two larger memorial services to honor Grace later this month, one in Austin and another in Washington, D.C.

Piper Nelson, deputy director of Annie’s List who was in the car with Grace at the time of the accident, is expected to be released from the hospital over the weekend and to return to Austin next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as she continues to recover. Continue reading


Annie’s List Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostyn Releases Statement on Passing of Executive Director Grace Garcia

AUSTIN, TX – Monday afternoon, Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia was in a fatal car accident in Waxahachie.
Annie’s List Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostyn released the following statement:

“It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we announce the passing of our executive director and leader Grace Garcia, who lost her life in a car accident Monday afternoon. Another staffer was injured in the crash and is in the intensive care unit at Parkland Hospital.

“Grace’s family has been notified and arrangements are pending. Her family will make an announcement regarding those arrangements in the coming days.

“Grace Garcia was the passionate, tough, visionary leader we needed at Annie’s List. The best possible tribute to her life is to continue the work Grace started on behalf of Annie’s List and women across Texas. Thoughts, prayers and privacy are appreciated at this time.”



Annie’s List Asks, Where Are the Women?

Austin, TX – Following the Republican primary runoff election yesterday, the Republican nominees in statewide races are officially all men. By contrast, the Democratic ticket features several women running statewide, including two women at the top of the ticket.

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia issued the following statement regarding the contrast:

“Not only is every single Republican on the statewide ballot a man this year, but these men have been some of the most vocal opponents to Texas women during their time in public office. Continue reading