Trailblazing Woman: Houstonian Frances ‘Sissy’ Farenthold reflects on almost a century of advocating for women’s rights

One on one with Sissy Farenthold
One on one with Sissy Farenthold

HOUSTON – Women’s History Month is a time to reflect upon the contributions made by trailblazing women who weren’t afraid of speaking up and challenging the status quo.

One of those women lives right here in Houston, and her work in public service spans almost an entire century.

Frances “Sissy” Farenthold was one of the first female Texas State Representatives, a candidate for governor, wife and mother of five, and a champion of equal rights for everyone. And that list only scratches the surface.

In early 2020, “Houston Life” host Derrick Shore had the honor of sitting down with Farenthold to reflect on her work and legacy.

Take a deep dive with us into the remarkable and inspiring life of Sissy Farenthold by watching the “Houston Life” video above, by watching one of the Rapoport Center’s films about her life here, or by viewing the timeline below.

Sissy Farenthold: A Noble Citizen (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice)

1926 - Frances “Sissy” Farenthold is born in Corpus Christi. Growing up, Sissy saw the struggles facing her neighbors, especially non-white minorities.

Sissy Farenthold: A Noble Citizen (The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice)

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