History of the
Women's Summit - Texas
We are busy women,
a group of individuals, who looked at our lives and our families
and saw things getting harder having just been dealt the biggest
cuts in funding affecting almost every aspect of our busy lives.
Almost too much to grasp, this tsunami of change is
overwhelming. With a genuine dread in our hearts, a very small
group of women began a dialogue.
One of us - a
teacher from Clear Lake whose fellow educators were fired
and those remaining left with larger class sizes but fewer
resources. One - a retiree from the inner city works
from home for extra money to cover health care and prescription
costs. One - a business owner from Kingwood with an 8-5
job who’s worried about transportation costs. Another -
unemployed after 20 years of service just before her
retirement benefits vested. Another - working Mom of a
young boy worried about Pre-K being eliminated, class sizes,
updated school supplies and school closings. One young woman -
a full-time clerk and a night time student
wondering if she can get a bank loan to finish her degree and
another single woman, now unable to afford her mammogram
and well woman exams after affordable clinics were defunded.
different geographic locations and backgrounds, we found
ourselves asking the same questions:
What could we do to help ourselves?
Were other women in similar circumstances or
Who had information about the cuts in Health
care, Education, Medicare and Medicaid?
How could we protect ourselves and our
families with the economic slashes to programs that have
enabled women to care for themselves, their children, their
What will the cuts in Washington and Austin
do to our lives?
What can we do about it?
We recognized that
there’s a real need for women to get current information about
changes that will affect their lives; a real need to arm
ourselves with resources and safety nets; a real need to have
coping mechanisms; and, a very real need to stand up for
ourselves and be our own best advocate.
Rather than wait
to be swept away - left to tread water, we saw the opportunity
to throw a life raft. So, this diverse group of women formed a
sisterhood that transcends ethnic, economic, geographical and
That sisterhood is
now organized as Women’s Summit-Texas a registered
Texas non-profit dedicated to arming women with information and
resources that impact their wellbeing, creating networks and
forging bonds and friendships.
We are not
alone and now, neither are you!