Alicia Dickerson Montemayor

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CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Alicia Dickerson Montemayor Of Irish and Hispanic descent, Alicia became a civil rights activist and first woman in Texas to be elected to a national office that was not designed for women. She was the associate editor of the LULAC (League of Latin American Citizens) newspaper where she prolifically wrote for the inclusion of girls and women into activism, encouraging women to vote and have lives outside the home (1936). She was instrumental in developing the charter of women’s division in Laredo LULAC that supported the poor, abused and raised funds for the orphanage and flood victims.  She endured being denied key positions because of her race only to be hired and have caucasians refuse to work with her.  Despite this, she persisted and wrote for LULAC, advocating for women, children and the poor, showing the importance of independent thinking. Her prolific collection of papers are in the collection of the University of Texas, Austin.  Read more about Alicia’s life and works here and here.