It's hard to believe it's been only four weeks since I sat down here and declared it time to work at this job of being a full-time writer, editor, and publisher. I'd love to report we really got two books out in January, but we did not. One is about to go out for final reading by the author, and it could get uploaded in January still - on Monday, January 31st. The other isn't far behind. I've read my old folders on only three of my women judges, but that's three that I could discuss with you right now, and before I'd have just said, "Yes, she's one of the ones I've researched." Yesterday at Abilene Writers Guild, we were told to write the last sentence of a work we'll do in 2011. My sentence:
After decades of women moving into law offices and courtrooms, in 1935 Governor James Allred appointed Sarah T. Hughes to the 14th District Court in Dallas County, ending the era of history of Texas women judges before "history" began.
As I recount that, I smile. The research I've actually done these last couple of weeks has been for the second book, On the Record, NOT the first, Texas Women's Legal History Before It Began. Or maybe they're in the third, The Wild Women. Anyway, some of my women judges will see print before 2011 is over. After all, I've still got 48 weeks sitting here, having a ball!
Incidentally, Sarah T. Hughes was alone on the District Bench for a long time, remaining there until 1960 when at Lyndon Johnson's suggestion she became a Federal District Judge.