“I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone;”
And she did.
MySA.com: Metro | State:
Her most notable achievement was opening the doors of government to people other than Anglos and men. About 44 percent of her appointees were female, 20 percent Hispanic and 14 percent black.
I’m sure there are plenty out there who would point out that she might not have been divorced if she had stayed home and kept house (all those who agree with Forbes Magazine’s story on “Don’t marry career women”). But that’s kind of the point isn’t it? She opened up Texas government to everyone, including divorced women–apparently divorce among men isn’t considered that big of deal, just look at the number of our male leaders who are divorced.
There are plenty who would probably also say she symbolized the progress of secular beliefs and the decline of moral values in government, she was a teacher after all. I say we can only hope that the world will be blessed with many more Ann Richards in the future.