The Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture Series focuses on the professional and civic achievements of women. Established in 1985, the lecture series is named for Jessie Daniel Ames, a 1902 alumna of Southwestern University who championed the causes of voting rights for women, prison reform and anti-lynching legislations. A business person and leader in the national suffragist movement, she was a founder and the first president of the Texas League of Women Voters and was one of the first women delegates to the state and national Democratic conventions. The Jessie Daniel Ames Lectures are one facet of the Women’s Studies Program at Southwestern University. The Women’s Studies Program is funded in part through a matching grant by the RGK Foundation of Austin. This lecture series was developed to bring to campus speakers from the national community of leaders on women’s issues for the Women’s Studies Program.

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