MEET THE FILMMAKERS
The team that brought the story to life.
Ellen C. Temple has been involved with researching, writing and publishing about Women in Texas History for 50 years, including writing columns for the Diboll Free Press and publishing two pioneering books: Citizens at Last: the Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, edited by Judith MacArthur and Ruthe Winegarten, and Jane Y. McCallum: Diaries and writings of a Texas Suffragist by Janet Humphrey, both of which remain in print in the Texas A&M series Ellen C. Temple Classics of Texas Women’s History. It was her understanding that the exciting story of the Texas fight for woman’s vote has remained largely invisible that led her into documentary film making, ET Films, and the production of Citizens at Last with renowned filmmaker Nancy Schiesari.
In her decades of work with the Texas State Historical Association, Ellen endowed the Liz Carpenter Award in 1992 given annually for the best scholarly book on the history of women and Texas in honor of her friend Liz Carpenter, who was a maker of history. A member of TSHA’s Handbook of Texas Women Advisory Board, she earned her B.A degree from the University of Texas at Austin, with honors, in English and history, and her M.A. degree in English is from SFASU in Nacogdoches. She recently endowed the Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History at UT. Ellen served as an Ann Richards appointee to the UT Board of Regents, 1991-1997 and was recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. She has 4 children and 6 nearly perfect grandchildren.
Experts guiding the history of the film.
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University, Commerce
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky is the Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities and History at Texas A&M University, Commerce, and Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Women, a statewide public education project of the Texas State Historical Association. She specializes in women, gender, sexuality, and digital history.
Her research on women gaining the right to vote has been featured in many formats, including an article, “Mariana Thompson Folsom: Laying the Foundation for Women’s Rights Activism,” in Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives (2015); an anthology co-edited with Bruce Glasrud, Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination (2017); an e-book she edited, Texas Women and the Vote (2019); an article co-authored with Cecilia Gutierrez Venable, “To Lead and To Vote: Black Woman Suffragists and the NAACP in the South,” (The Black History Bulletin, 2019); as a member of the Organization of American Historians’ suffrage centennial panel, symposium, and connected year-long exhibit at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, Austin; and through numerous media outlets and public speaking events.
Her forthcoming book focuses on the role that Texas and Texans played in the woman suffrage movement at the southern-regional and national levels. From 2009-2014, she was the digital media author for W. W. Norton’s Give Me Liberty, the top-selling U. S. History survey college textbook. She earned the Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.
The following professionals were also consulted for the film.
Teresa Palomo Acosta, M.A., historian and poet, Austin, Texas
Kay Reed Arnold, M.L.A., historian, Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin
Cynthia J. Beeman, B.A., historian, Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin
Angela Boswell, Ph.D., historian, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D., historian, Texas A&M University, Commerce
Don E. Carleton, Ph.D., historian, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin
Stephanie Cole, Ph.D., historian, University of Texas, Arlington
Gabriela González, Ph.D., historian, University of Texas, San Antonio
Rachel Gunter, Ph.D., historian, Collin College, Plano, Texas
Melissa Hield, M.A., historian, Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin
Jaqueline Jones, Ph.D., historian, University of Texas, Austin
Nancy Baker Jones, Ph.D., historian, Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History, Austin
Paula Marks, Ph.D., historian, Professor Emerita, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas
Judith N. McArthur, Ph.D., historian, Fort Collins, Colorado
Trish Nicholson, M.A., journalist and independent scholar, Alexandria, Virginia
Cynthia Orozco, Ph.D., historian, Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso
Merline Pitre, Ph.D., historian, Texas Southern University, Houston
Jean Stuntz, Ph.D., historian, West Texas A&M University, Canyon
Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Ph.D., historian, Professor Emerita, University of North Texas, Denton
Frances B. Vick, M.A., historian, Texas Folklore Society, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas