Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

LOUISIANA’S INFLUENTIAL WOMEN

A panel of historians, journalists, and others were convened by USA Today. They named the most influential women in the history of the state. They are Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s first female governor who served from 2004-2008; former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband Hale Boggs in the House of Representatives; and Leah Chase, the restauranteur and chef at Dooky Chase’s restaurant in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. To round out this list were singer Mahalia Jackson; Buernette Johnson, the first black woman to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court; Oretha Castle Haley, a civil rights activist in New Orleans; Cleoma Breaux Falcon, a musician and singer; Ruby Bridges, who at age six became the first black student in an all-white elementary school in New Orleans; Sarah Towles Reed, who founded the first teacher’s union in New Orleans; and Clementine Hunter, a selftaught folk artist from the Cane River area near Natchitoches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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