Jun 08, 2016

Austin American Statesman

Wendy Davis launches Deeds Not Words to spur young women to activism

Nearly three years after her famous filibuster, former state senator Wendy Davis has launched a movement she hopes will spur a new generation of young women to activism.

Deeds Not Words, a nonprofit organization and online resource that borrows its name from a motto used by the women’s suffragette movement a century ago, will maintain a website, publish a weekly newsletter and work with millennials to fight gender discrimination.

“We are five years away from the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, and what’s surprising to me is we still have so far to go for gender equality,” Davis says. “We’ve grown up in a culture where it’s so status quo that we don’t think to challenge it and we don’t know how to.”