Mar 8, 2023 - News

Remembering women-led moments in San Antonio history

A park at Pearl is anchored by the "Strong Mujer" art installation.

Pearl's latest art installation celebrates the strength of San Antonio women. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Strong mujeres are being celebrated at Pearl with an art installation by Martha Martinez Flores and the Young Women's Leadership Academy.

What they're saying: Martinez Flores tells Axios "strong women" in San Antonio were her muse for this project.

  • YWLA students designed the geometric design of the panels representing "breaking glass ceilings."

Flashback: In honor of International Women's Day, we're reflecting on important women-led moments in local history.

City Hall firsts

  • Lila Cockrell became San Antonio's first woman mayor in 1975.
  • María Antonietta Berriozábal became the first Latina elected to the City Council in 1981.
  • In 2015, San Antonio became the first major city to elect a Black woman mayor when Ivy Taylor won.
  • In 2019, women became the majority on City Council for the first time by election.

Spurs firsts

  • In December 2020, Becky Hammon became the first woman to act as head coach in an NBA game in league history after Gregg Popovich was ejected.
  • Last year, the Spurs organized the team's first-ever all-women broadcast.

More accomplishments

  • In 1897, Ella Austin started the Ella Austin Orphans Home. The East Side's first community center was later named after Austin.
  • Aviation record-breaker Katherine Stinson helped her family found the Stinson School of Flying in San Antonio in 1915.
  • Emma Tenayuca led the 1938 pecan shellers' strike, which is remembered as one of the earliest and largest actions for Mexican American civil rights in U.S. history.
  • In January, chef Nicola Blaque became the first Black woman in San Antonio to be nominated for a James Beard award.
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