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The Handbook of Texas is free-to-use thanks to the support of readers like you. Support the Handbook today. No thank you, I am not interested in joining. Texas Woman's University was founded as a result of lobbying efforts for a state-supported women's college led by the Grange and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union , with the support of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs and the Texas Woman's Press Association. Throughout the s these organizations pressed for the establishment of a college where young women could receive a practical education, including training in the domestic skills that they would later need as wives and mothers. Enabling legislation was repeatedly defeated. Not until , when the Democratic party adopted the idea as a platform plank, did the legislature authorize the founding of a college to combine the traditional literary education with instruction in the domestic sciences, child care, and practical nursing.
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While TWU has been fully co-educational since , it is the largest state-supported university primarily for women in the United States. TWU is one of four independent public universities in Texas not affiliated with one of the public university systems in the state. It currently offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 60 areas of study across six colleges. In the late nineteenth century, several Texas-based groups including the Texas Press Women's Association , the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs , the Grange , and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union  began advocating for the creation of a state-supported women's college focused on a practical education, including domestic skills young women would need to prepare as wives and mothers. In , after the state Democratic Party adopted the idea as a platform in the upcoming election, the college's establishment was authorized by the Texas Legislature.