Image: Ann Richards, by Ave Bonar


Annie’s List was started in 2003 by a small group of women who saw our representation being eliminated in the Texas Legislature. Executing on the plan of Karl Rove, House Republicans specifically targeted Democratic women for elimination in the 2001 redistricting process. The result? Five Democratic women did not return to the Lege in 2003 and Democrats lost their majority in the Texas House for the first time since Reconstruction.

The Republican leadership then balanced a $10 billion budget deficit by slashing programs that supported the needs of women and children -- cutting and diverting funds from CHIP, Medicaid, prenatal care, textbooks, and more.  Annie’s List was born and dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting progressive women candidates across the state.