Ann Richards Dies at 73

According to breaking news from CNN,

Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, whose brassy, tough-talking persona and trademark white hair cut an indelible profile in Democratic politics, died Wednesday evening at her home in Austin, surrounded by her family, her spokesman, Bill Maddox said.

The Austin American Statesman wrote, amongst many other things, that

On embarking on her 12-year stint as a statewide official, Richards said: “Naturally, I want it to be easier for women to get involved in politics. I want them to think of politics and public service as a good place for them, as something honorable and something worthwhile for them to pursue. And the way they are going to do that is to say, ‘If she can do it, I can do it.’ “

I know how dear Ann Richards was to many of my friends, and I know they will be experiencing a greater loss tonight as the news of her death filters through.