Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Pictured in this September 2002 photo is Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R-TX), who leads her daughter, Bailey, by the hand back to a line of fellow Senators on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The Whitehead Memorial Museum is featuring an exhibition produced by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate,” is made possible in part by “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition consists of photographs by Melina Mara, who began photographing the 13 women in the U.S. Senate in 2001, continuing as their number grew to 14 in 2003. At a time when access to national politicians is increasingly controlled, Mara persuaded a majority of the senators to allow her to document the unprecedented role of women in the Senate, both behind the scenes and before microphones.

“Changing the Face of Power,” which opened at the Smithsonian Institution in 2003, includes informative text provided by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas conducted interviews with 10 of the Senators, which have been distilled into two audio presentations. A photography-based video presentation portrays exhibition images with narration by Melina Mara.

The exhibition will be available to the public until March 23. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact the Whitehead Memorial Museum at (830) 774 7568.

This exhibition is part of the Whitehead Memorial Museum’s three-month program titled, “Humanities Texas Exhibition Series: Civil Rights.” The next exhibition will be “In His Own Words: The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez.”

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at or call (512) 440 1991.

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