Wendy Davis

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  • Texas State Senator (2009-2015)
  • Founder, Deeds Not Words
  • 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee
  • Advocate for Women's Health & Issues of Personal Freedom

Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is widely recognized as a passionate advocate for women’s healthcare and other national issues which threaten our individual freedoms.  Sen. Davis prides herself on the ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives, while forging a path to consensus and compromise. She skyrocketed to near celebrity status after her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to stop a legislative effort that would have dramatically reduced women’s access to healthcare services in her state.

 
  

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Wendy was wonderful. Our supporters were so very pleased to hear from her and meet her. I will definitely recommend her to all Planned Parenthood affiliates as she is such a strong advocate and a real hero to many of us.

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  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Notre Dame
  • Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
  • Omega Women's Leadership Center Manager
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
  • Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic
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Rising Up: From Single Mother to Harvard Law—How Every Woman Stands to Make a Difference

Wendy Davis, a modern-day Texas heroine, appeared on the national scene as a State Senator during her 2013 filibuster that temporarily blocked devastating legislation seeking to limit women’s access to abortions and reproductive healthcare in the state of Texas. Before that, Davis fought tirel ...

Wendy Davis, a modern-day Texas heroine, appeared on the national scene as a State Senator during her 2013 filibuster that temporarily blocked devastating legislation seeking to limit women’s access to abortions and reproductive healthcare in the state of Texas. Before that, Davis fought tirelessly in the Texas legislature to further equality for women through education, fair lending, and equal pay initiatives. A single mother from humble beginnings who worked her way to Harvard Law, Davis shares her inspiring story of overcoming adversity, fear, and self-doubt to reach these incredible heights and underscores the importance of how every woman’s story can make a difference.

Wolf-Whistle Politics: Taking Back the Conversation to Advance Women’s Rights

Why has the women’s movement hit a logjam, and what can be done about it? With women now graduating from college at higher rates than men, why are they earning less than their male counterparts? Why do female political leaders still only make up 20 percent of the US House and Senate? As a sin ...

Why has the women’s movement hit a logjam, and what can be done about it? With women now graduating from college at higher rates than men, why are they earning less than their male counterparts? Why do female political leaders still only make up 20 percent of the US House and Senate?

As a single mother-turned-Harvard Law graduate, Wendy Davis has witnessed firsthand the unique challenges women face during her time as a Texas state senator and as Texas’ 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Davis introduces the dangers of “wolf-whistle politics,” coded language that seeks to minimize the power of the women’s movement, and provides fresh alternatives to divisive, battle-scarred rhetoric. With the same “we’re still standing” style that took her 2013 filibuster into the national spotlight, Davis outlines how the women’s movement can reignite the conversation and advance women’s equality—on its own terms.

The Equality Economy: How the Government's Role in Women’s Equality Can Fuel America’s Economic Prosperity

Women have been standing up and fighting to advance their rights in areas ranging from equal opportunity to equal pay for years. While every woman deserves a fair chance to reach her full potential, is it also possible that achieving equal rights for women, who are responsible for approximately 80 p ...

Women have been standing up and fighting to advance their rights in areas ranging from equal opportunity to equal pay for years. While every woman deserves a fair chance to reach her full potential, is it also possible that achieving equal rights for women, who are responsible for approximately 80 percent of US household spending, can achieve a broader goal through positive impact on the economy? Wendy Davis, a legislative powerhouse known for her work on policy matters ranging from education reform to reproductive freedom, offers a unique perspective on how America’s economic potential relies on smart legislation that ensures women’s equality continues to advance. Every rung women advance on the ladder to equality and every new crack in the glass ceiling pay dividends to what Davis calls “the equality economy”—a strengthening of the economy through legislation that protects and advances the individual and collective rights of women.

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<p>Wendy Davis inspires and empowers at Stanford Women’s Coalition</p>

Wendy Davis inspires and empowers at Stanford Women’s Coalition

In a panel hosted by the Stanford Women’s Coalition, Wendy Davis spoke to 220 attendees about activism and resilience, touching on the remarkable work of her organization Deeds Not Words. The former Texas Senator rose to the political spotlight in 2014 during an eleven hour filibuster fighting for women’s rights, a feat that led to her informative and inspiring TedTalk on “Using Your Voice (and Your Feet!) to Change the World.” Davis’ courage, passion and ambition made her the perfect candidate for the Stanford group, who tweeted out lots of praise during the substantive remarks. The event entitled, “Nevertheless, She Persisted”, a phrase that has become a viral modern feminist mantra, headlined Davis who highlighted strategic, actionable steps women can take to defend their rights and make their voices heard. Davis maintains her status as a global feminist icon; her work aims to generate a movement by inspiring citizens both old and young to get involved in politics and be tenacious. Davis’s recent and widely-shared Vox and Bustle articles are a testament to her clout, serving as powerful reminders of why women need to stand up and speak out.   

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Deeds Not Words - Founded by WENDY DAVIS

Founded by Wendy Davis, Deeds Not Words brings together women ready to make the world a better place. This community of change-makers, passionate about a range of interrelated issues—income inequality, sexual assault, reproductive rights, workplace equality, access to affordable higher education, and paid family leave—will empower future generations of millennial activists to march forward to actively realize change. Launched in May 2016, Deeds Not Words is a starting point for turning talk and ideas about women’s equality into action, by providing the community, resources, and information to make changes in your community. Deeds Not Words is a hub for change-makers, where millennial women share stories, and receive techniques, and ideas that inspire them to participate in civic issues, advocate for change on their campuses and in their workplaces, and in the political arena.

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<p> Famed Women's Rights Advocate Wendy Davis Launches New Project at SXSW</p>

 Famed Women's Rights Advocate Wendy Davis Launches New Project at SXSW

Former Texas State Senator and women's rights advocate Wendy Davis launched a new project at SXSW. Deeds Not Words is intended to provide the "38 million millennial women in our country...  with the tools that they need to transform their passion for women’s rights and progress" into action. 

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Wendy Davis on tough Political Campaigns and Sexism

Wendy Davis gives insights into the ongoing presidential race and more during a recent radio interview.

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Wendy Davis is the founder of Deeds Not Words, an advocacy initiative that empowers millennial women to channel their passion and energy on issues of gender equality into actionable change. She was previously a Texas state senator and candidate for governor of Texas, who fought tirelessly for reproductive rights, equal pay for women, justice for sexual assault survivors, affordable quality education and equality for the LGBTQ community.

Wendy’s public service career spans 3 decades, serving as a Fort Worth city councilperson for 9 years prior to her election to the Texas State Senate.  From very humble beginnings, Wendy worked as a single parent to forge a path to college, beginning at community college, earning a scholarship to Texas Christian University where she graduated first in her class, and ultimately graduating with honors from Harvard Law School. 

Widely recognized as a leader on women’s equality, Wendy is best known for her historic 13 hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate to kill a legislative effort aimed at dramatically reducing women’s access to abortion care in her state.  Her efforts were vindicated with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt which overturned Texas’ anti-abortion law.

A proud surrogate for Hillary Clinton, Wendy has traveled to numerous states throughout the country, speaking on behalf of Secretary Clinton.  She is also a regular guest on both CNN and MSNBC.

Though she was unsuccessful in her bid to become Texas’ first Democratic governor in 20 years, Wendy shattered records in both fundraising and volunteer recruitment.  With over $43 million raised in her gubernatorial race, Wendy is most proud of the fact that the average donation to her race was only $103, with over 183,000 unique contributors from all over the country supporting her election.  In addition to raising an extraordinary amount of money during her campaign, Wendy also energized a record number of over 34,000 active volunteers, and built a social media following of over 550,000 Facebook followers and over 180,000 Twitter followers, who continue to follow her work today.

Noted for her talents as a legislative leader, in 2009 Wendy was named the Texas Legislature’s Rookie of the Year by Texas Monthly magazine and Freshman of the Year by AARP, was named to Texas Monthly’s Top Ten Best Legislators in 2013 and has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Women Who Dared award by the National Council of Jewish Women, the 2013 Champion for Social Change award by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and the 2011 Legislative Star by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

Despite her well known work fighting for the opportunity for all Texans to realize their potential through education, employment and healthcare, Wendy is most proud of her role as mother to her daughters Amber (33) and Dru (27) and “Bubbie” to her new granddaughter, Ellis.  Wendy resides and offices in Austin, Texas.