March 14, 2008

Television documentary on Louise Raggio to air on KERA

DALLAS (SMU) – Louise Raggio, a Dallas attorney for whom Southern Methodist University's Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Endowed Lecture Series in Women's Studies is named, will be the focus of a television documentary airing on KERA public television later this month.

Texas Trailblazer: Louise Raggio is scheduled to air on KERA at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19; 5:30 a.m. Sunday, March 23; and 11 p.m. Monday, March 24.

A legend in her own time, Raggio has done more to ensure the protection of women’s legal rights in Texas than any other person in history. As a graduate of the SMU’s law school in 1952, she was the only woman in her class. She went on to become the first woman prosecutor in the Dallas County district attorney’s office.

As a direct result of Mrs. Raggio’s efforts in drafting the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, women gained the legal right to own property, secure a bank loan and start a business without their husband’s consent. Following this historical accomplishment, Mrs. Raggio established a law practice and was soon named one of the top 10 attorneys in the country. She has touched the lives of every woman living and working in Texas, ensuring that their voice is heard and their legal rights protected.

The Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Endowed Lecture Series in Women's Studies at SMU brings role models of vision and achievement to the University to speak on gender and women's issues. Launched in 1998, the program has featured such leaders as author and feminist Gloria Steinem, U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder, feminist author Susan Faludi, former Texas governor Ann Richards, and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.

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